Sustainability at Bowery Restaurant
Let us introduce the topic ‘Restaurant Sustainability’. Restaurant Sustainability refers to how restaurants reduce their environmental effect by tackling issues such as sustainable farming, reducing the carbon footprint, supply chain shortening, food waste, packaging, water and energy use, recycling, and more. Bowery Restaurant takes this topic very seriously and is constantly finding ways to improve their business. In this blog, we will introduce you to the sustainable actions Bowery Restaurant takes in order to become more sustainable.
Local sourcing and seasonal produce
Bowery Restaurant showcases local and seasonal produce, paired with Dutch specialty wines & beers. The restaurant tries to find products that match the season and create a menu around it. Also, originally products produced in the Netherlands can be found on the menu e.g. The Bowery Burger. The beef of the burger is from the Butcher, Piet van den Berg and called MRIJ-Beef. MRIJ-beef comes from the red and white cattle and they are farmed in Berkel en Rodenrijs. The name MRIJ is a combination of the race of the Cows namely, Meuse Rhine Issel Breed. The quality of the beef is very tender, to create this distinctive taste, the cows are given a high quality, balanced diet of natural, vegetable-based raw materials. Next to this beef there are more products that Bowery uses that are produced in the Netherlands, even drinks, like Dutch Wine from the Apostelhoeve and Dutch beer, Brouwerij t‘IJ. The beer from Brouwerij t’IJ is brewed in an old municipal bathhouse in Amsterdam, located at the IJ.
Some of the suppliers from the restaurant are becoming fully CO2 neutral. Becoming CO2 neutral means businesses or organizations taking the effort to remove the same volume of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as each released into it with the ultimate objective of achieving a net zero carbon footprint. The tea served in the restaurant is fromthe brand Dilmah, their entire range of products is carbon neutral, which makes their tea environmentally and ethically friendly. . As well as the tea, the Nespresso cups used for coffee during meetings and in the guest rooms of the hotel are becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2022. Nevertheless, all the coffee cups will be recycled as well. Next to the Dilmah tea, the restaurant serves Lavazza coffee, both companies are certified with the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal. This means, that the products are grown and harvested on farms and forests that follow sustainable practices. The Rainforest Alliance contributes to protecting the forests and biodiversity, takes action on climate, and promote the rights and improves the livelihoods of rural people, this is in line with Hilton’s sustainability commitments.
For a number of years plastic use has decreased, due to the bad environmental influence plastic has on the planet. Bowery Restaurant uses as less plastic as they can, for example switching the plastic straws for biodegradable straws. For the breakfast bags, the restaurant uses Earthwater packs instead of plastic bottles to give to the guests.
Recently we posted a blog about TooGoodToGo where we mentioned Bowery Restaurant uses this platform to reduce the amount of waste of the breakfast buffet. Via the app, they sell the remaining breakfast items, guests can buy a so called ‘Magic Box’ and fill this with the delicious surplus eateries from the buffet. This will result in less food ending up on the landfill, which will finally result in reducing the amount of CO2 generated as it decomposes. For more information, go read our other blog; ‘Bowery Restaurant against food waste’.
Hopefully this blog, has informed you slightly about the sustainability actions Bowery Restaurant takes, as said earlier the restaurant constantly wants to find ways to become more sustainable. For the year 2022, they hope to start a new project to create their very own Bowery Honey! We will hope to hear more from this, and you will be the first one to know!
Until next blog!