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How can I minimize paper usage?

Keeping Paper Usage to a Minimum

One of the easiest ways to save money and the environment is to cut down on the use of all paper products, and, oddly enough, buying what you do use in bulk! Buying staple bulk paper products such as paper towels and toilet paper saves you money and if you buy them recycled, you're also helping the environment. Specifically, you can minimize the use of paper products like beverage napkins by purchasing recycled paper coasters that can be used time and time again.

   
What is the best restroom set-up?

Touch-free Restrooms

At your restaurant you want your customers to handle the food the drinks, the utensils... But in the restroom, the ideal situation is as close to a completely touch-free experience as you can create. Provide the strongest sanitary trio: Install automatic flushing toilets, automatic faucets, and touch-free paper towel dispensers. This will cut down on the spread of germs through physical contact. If possible, install an automatic hand drying system as a back up for the paper towels. This will also cut down on your use of paper (although slightly increase your electric usage).

   
Why should I provide paper toilet seat covers?

Sanitary Restrooms

Most restaurant restrooms see a lot of traffic in a typical day. With all the bacteria and viruses out there, more and more customers are becoming aware of the importance of sanitary conditions in all areas of their eating establishments. Providing paper toilet seat covers is one way to keep restrooms clean and patrons happy. Specially designed to provide toilet seat protection and automatically flushed away after use, toilet seat covers also eliminate the use of excess toilet paper from being used to cover the seat instead. (Not only is that a waste of toilet paper, but it can also clog your septic system.)

   
What is the best way to clean acrylic menu holders?

Cleaning With Coffee Filters

In order to avoid lint and streaking when cleaning your acrylic menu holders, try wiping them down with cleaning solution and coffee filters instead of paper towels. This trick works great on windows and mirrors as well, obviously! If you think this will result in a waste of filters, think again: Many coffee suppliers throw in extra filters for free, so it's as though you're getting paper cleaning products for free. A typical filter is also much stronger than a paper towel and can be reused a few times, as long as the clean-up job is not too messy.

   
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