Racial Justice Happens With Improvements To Everyday Systems. Take The Intersectionality Between Environmentalism And Our Industry For Example. ⠀
If your kitchen and bar is throwing food waste and recyclables into the garbage, it goes to an incinerator or landfill where it rots and releases methane, a greenhouse gas, whose impact disproportionately affects BIPOC with climate change and air pollution. ⠀
What if all F+B were to divert food scraps and recyclables from the landfill waste stream? Food waste is reusable organic material, there is an alternative to sending it to the landfill: composting. And for recycling, no introduction necessary. If your business, your employer, or building management does not offer composting and recycling, now is the time to demand it! Fight against environmental racism with a smaller eco-footprint using systems that are readily available throughout the nation. ⠀
In a NYT article about environmental racism, Heather McGhee (@heathercmcghee) said “This conversation is a police brutality conversation on top of a Covid-19 conversation, and it all adds up to a devaluation of black life … That’s what climate change is as well, because of environmental racism. We’ve got to divest from systems that are killing us and costing us, and invest in our people and our planet.” ⠀
All our spots have been composting not just straws since it became cool a couple years ago, but of all food waste since 2008. And as a bar, State Park’s recyclables make up the majority of our waste by volume, so recycling is a really important part of our waste management too. ⠀
If you’d like a consult on these systems in your spot, we’ve got a lot of experience communicating to the staff how/what to compost, working with haulers, the city, and landlords, as well as suggestions for vendors where we buy our compostables.