The Clean Plate Club is a group of restaurants combating food waste through donations and composting. Members work to keep nutritious food out of landfills by donating that food to local food shelves and composting food scraps to create rich soil. This growing collection of restaurants currently has 8 members, listed below.
This reduction of food waste in turn reduces emissions, conserves resources needed to produce food, and donates food to those who need it. This fits into MN350’s belief in a just transition to a sustainable, life-affirming economy led by the communities most impacted by the extractive, consumption-based economy funded by our tax dollars.
Up to 40 percent of food in the United States is wasted, and about 15% of this comes from food service. Food waste accounts for about 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions. But at these restaurants and food shelves, we can come together, eat together, and work together to create a just and equitable food system.
“It felt like the right way to move forward from the start. We wanted to reduce our environmental impact from the beginning, so we built our systems and structures around the idea of producing as little waste as possible.”
-Why Roots Roasting wanted to start recycling and donating