Keep Pensacola Beautiful

Eco-To-Go

A Sustainability Program for Restaurants

 Eco-To-Go is a program designed to unite Pensacola’s iconic restaurants against the threat of litter, waste, and single-use plastics. 

Pensacola’s tourism economy is dependent on the environment we cultivate. We have a responsibility to protect our paradise and set a clean standard for our visitors. COVID-19 has given rise to-go materials, which has lead to a spike in waste. We hope to encourage our community tables to think greener. KPB strives to help make using sustainable materials common practice, even in these uncommon times.

Why choose

Eco-friendly products highly reduce the impact tourists make on their vacations.

Imagine investing a fraction of that money into sustainable practices and the difference it could make!

Consumers like to put their money where their mouth is.

Increasingly, consumers seek out sustainable and ethical businesses to support.

As the Climate Crisis intensifies, more and more consumers will see the value in sustainable operations.

Plastic sucks.

Let's work together to make the swap to sustainable materials.

There are three levels of Eco-To-Go: Bronze, Gold and Platinum…

Standards

1. Recycling Practices and Bins (if applicable)

If the restaurant / bar has waste bins for self-bussing, there are recycling bins available. 

2. On-Request Straw Policy

Straws are available on a request-only basis. They are not automatically given out. 

3. No Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are not given out for to-go items. Paper bags are acceptable.

4. No Styrofoam

No Styrofoam cups, bowls, or to-go boxes are given. There are other options. 

Take the Secret Shopper Survey.

Meets Bronze standards and 3 or more new standards listed below.

Standards

1. No Plastic Straws

Offers only paper straws, bamboo straws, reusable metal straws, or no straws

2. No Plastic Utensils

Offer bamboo utensils, reusable metal silverware, or none at all

3. No Plastic Bottles / Cups

Single-use plastic plastic bottles and cups are not sold. Reusable plastic cups or aluminum cans are acceptable. For to-go drinks, consider offering a discount to those that bring their own cup or offer paper cups. Please note that bio-plastic or “compostable” plastics are NOT valid options.

4. No Plastic To-Go Containers

There containers include plastic clam shells, condiment cups/carafes, drink cups, and cellophane/ poly plastic bags. There are alternatives available.

5. Vegetarian / Vegan Options for at Least 50% of Menu

This includes the option to substitute or leave meat off of established menu items.

6. Least 75% of Kitchen Scraps go to Composting Practices

This means the business supports its own compost or that they contribute to a compost program in the community.

7. Water Conservation Policies

The business’s bathrooms include low-flow toilets and slow-stream faucets. 

8. Energy Efficiency Policy

LED light bulbs are installed wherever possible. 

Meets Bronze requirements and 5 or more new standards listed below.

Standards

1. No Plastic Straws

Offers only paper straws, bamboo straws, reusable metal straws, or no straws

2. No Plastic Utensils

Offer bamboo utensils, reusable metal silverware, or none at all

3. No Plastic Bottles / Cups

Single-use plastic plastic bottles and cups are not sold. Reusable plastic cups or aluminum cans are acceptable. For to-go drinks, consider offering a discount to those that bring their own cup or offer paper cups. Please note that bio-plastic or “compostable” plastics are NOT valid options.

4. No Plastic To-Go Containers

There containers include plastic clam shells, condiment cups/carafes, drink cups, and cellophane/ poly plastic bags. There are alternatives available. 

5. Vegetarian / Vegan Options for at Least 50% of Menu

This includes the option to substitute or leave meat off of established menu items.

6. Least 75% of Kitchen Scraps go to Composting Practices

This means the business supports its own compost or that they contribute to a compost program in the community.

7. Water Conservation Policies

The business’s bathrooms include low-flow toilets and slow-stream faucets. 

8. Energy Efficiency Policy

LED light bulbs are installed wherever possible. 

There are many benefits to Eco-To-Go that increase with level! If you’re interested in finding out more about these or Eco-To-Go, contact Lauren Doubek at Lauren@KeepPensacolaBeautiful.org!

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