The restaurant industry is known as being an industry full of waste. Meat is fed corn that has been grown with petrochemical fertilizers. Produce is 'protected' with harsh pesticides. Provisions are trucked in from who-knows-where. Food scraps from the kitchen and huge meal portions end up in the trash. Recyclable material is thrown out. Broken or damage fragments of decor sit in landfills never fully wasting away. When you think about the overall carbon footprint of these activities, it must be astronomical.
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For years, Sublime has strived to be as sustainable as possible. First off, being a vegan restaurant, it is able to avoid all of the environmental problems associated with the production of meat: no factory farm waste pools, less farmland used for dishes. Lenhard talks to lcoal vendors in an attempt to source products as locally as possible. The kitchen saves the food scraps to donate to local animal sanctuaries. When the old table tops are changed out, they are also donated to local wildlife organizations.