It's easy being GREEN

There's something different about Bob's!

This week Bob's added solar panels to the roof. This change was the latest development in our commitment at Bob's to maintain environmental consciousness.

As you may already know, thanks to Mr. Fox Composting we separate our waste into compost, recycling and true waste (trash); this is good for the environment because approximately 2/3 of normal, household waste (and probably much more than that in a restaurant) is compostable--it can be broken down and made into dirt and soil to continue a natural environmental cycle. By composting our paper products, our cornware (the "plastic" cups we serve drinks in, as well as our utensils), and leftover food, we ensure that these items do not end up in a landfill, where they would only contribute to toxic gases in the air and eat up land, as well.

Also, as of January of this year, both Bob's and our brother restaurant, Robert's, purchase green power. 100% of the electric energy we use is backed up by renewable energy credits, or RECs. This process is a little more complex to explain than composting and recycling--but the fact that we pay for renewable energy to pass through energy grids to us means that the amount of renewable energy we purchase is trackable; the more people and businesses who buy renewable energy backed by RECs, the more renewable energy sources are able to grow their method of energy generation (and cut down on the use of fossil fuels).

Solar panels are a way to cut down on the energy we import from outside grids. On sunshiny days, the panels on our roof will convert the sun's natural heat energy into energy we can use for our own building. If the sun is going to shine, anyway, why not take advantage of that?

What are some things you do to help the environment? We'd love to hear. If you're looking for ideas, check out this simple list for things you can do in your home today without changing anything but your routine. If we work together, it makes a big difference!