Most café managers and employees are grossly behind in green concepts related to the food industry. Most cafés are behind the times as a result. This situation opens the door of opportunity to create businesses that are involved in greening café operations.
Managers and employees need to be trained in the basics of what green means. Most have only a sketchy idea of what organic foods are and what benefits they have for a café. Managers are also confused about the growing consumer demand for organic food as well as vegan and vegetarian recipes.
Managers and employees are also behind the times when it comes to saving energy and resources. Many cafés operate with outdated and inefficient appliances. They do not adhere to basic policies such as closing cooler doors or turning off appliances not in use.
When it comes to trash and waste disposal, most cafés generate a large unnecessary quantity which includes paper products, food wastes, and durable goods. Most cafés throw away ceramic cups and plates when they purchase new ones, even though the old ones are still usable. Most of these operations only recycle cardboard, but even those efforts are half hearted. A huge quantity of cardboard ends up mixed with other trash that ends up in the landfill. Almost no café composts its waste food. Many cafés also throw away metal utensils when cleaning off trays.
Water use is always overlooked too. Many food products are defrosted under running water. Additionally, water in hand sinks is left running at full speed or left dripping for minutes or hours.
Many café managers do not grasp that a green operation can save money in energy bills, water bills, paper products, and employee man hours. This is a place where both mangers and employees can be integrated into the greening process, because managers and employees can work together to identify inefficient tasks and places to save product and energy. Employees can be rewarded when they make a good suggestion and managers will benefit by saving their café money which means they get a bonus.