Eco-Friendly Catering Options

by Ashley Henshaw on June 13, 2011 Filed under Catering Tips

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For those who make the environment a priority when planning events, there’s no better option than getting a caterer who uses eco-friendly practices. This can be applied to any catered event, large or small, whether it’s a baby shower, a wedding, a family reunion, a charity event or a corporate meeting. No matter what the occasion, it’s always in fashion to use eco-friendly foods, materials and practices when hiring a caterer. But where do you start?

Eco-Friendly Foods

Before you book a caterer, be sure to ask about the foods which they serve. If you want eco-friendly options, there are certain words you should be on the lookout for, including “sustainable,” “organic” and “free range.” In many cases, this means that the caterer has obtained their meats, fruits and vegetables from local farmers who don’t use unnatural additives, fertilizers or hormones in their products. This is more than just a healthy option.

Factory farming often creates a lot of pollution in both the air and the soil, while small, local farmers do not. Furthermore, local products don’t have to travel as far to be sold, meaning that less fuel is burned in the process of getting those foods to your table. Caterers who work with these local options have a smaller carbon footprint than caterers who use processed and mass-produced foods.

Eco-Friendly Catering Materials

Plates and CutleryThere is a lot of waste produced at many catering events, especially when plastic products are used to serve the guests. If you want to keep your event eco-friendly, be sure that your caterer uses actual dishes, silverware, tablecloths and napkins rather than disposable plastic to serve your guests. This reduces the waste because actual dishware and linens can be used over and over again. If that’s not an option, see if the catering company can use biodegradable products made from recycled materials whenever possible.

Eco-Friendly Practices

There are other ways in which catering companies are adopting more eco-friendly practices that do not include food or materials. For example, some caterers do not provide paper receipts or contracts unless specifically requested. By emailing these documents, they save trees from being used for paper and prevent unnecessary waste. Some caterers have even gone so far as to start using biodiesel vehicles to deliver their products to their customers. Since a significant portion of their business requires travel with a lot of supplies and food, this practice can make a huge difference in the long run.

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1 Catering Pittsburgh September 26, 2011 at 7:06 am

Why not? Let’s do things with environment in mind! And by that, we’re doing exactly the right thing.

2 Melbourne Catering March 6, 2012 at 12:53 am

You have provided excellent eco-friendly catering options here. Thanks for sharing these options which are helpful for professional caterers.

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