Sustainable restaurants: understanding the fast-good concept

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In our food and drink category you can find restaurants and fast-goods.

In this article, we’ll help you better understand what we put behind the fast-good category, what and eco-friendly fast-good is for us and what this growing restaurant trend is all about.

Eating Healthy the new momentum

Have you noticed the trend gaining around superfood and healthy diets, that makes us take a closer look at what we eat.

When it’s time for lunch break, healthy eating on the go becomes a new quest, to escape the “good” old fast-food.

The fast-good concept

The general idea behind the fast-good concept is to be a healthy restaurant alternative to eat on the go or in a short time frame.

More and more of this type of eateries are opening around the world.

We all like eating healthy, but wouldn’t eating healthy and eco-friendly be even better?

Fast-Good and Sustainable?

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Yep, it’s possible. An eco-friendly fast-good goes a little beyond the general concept and has a lot of similarities with a sustainable restaurant.

It all starts with the food:

  • Dishes are in the majority made from unprocessed ingredients, fresh and seasonal produce and freshly made to order
  • Ingredients and produce are primarily sourced from local, regional or national producers. Some eateries can be 100% locavore or farm to table
  • Some fast-good choose to source only organic products; others grow their vegetables on-site or nearby
  • Chefs follow the seasons, their menu changes accordingly and have suggestions for all diets
  • Some fast goods follow a unique food concept : fast-good burger joints exist.

Going beyond the plate

Sustainable fast-good restaurants, have a circular approach, which means they go  further than selecting the ingredients that you will be eating.

They are not necessarily certified green but have eco-credentials that make them very green

For example:

  • Some owners have a zero-waste approach (in the kitchen) but also within the premises. That means, the food containers to take away your food will be eco-friendly alternatives (compostable, bioplastic based), or that you’ll get a discount for bringing your own.
  • It also can mean a limited plastic approach : you will see no straws, no plastic cutlery, no plastic bottles or cups when you eat on site.
  • Sauces and spices will rarely be offered in single-use packaging
  • Often, eco-friendly eateries tend to minimize food waste by participating in programs that allow customers to buy discounted unsold products of the day, like “too good to go”. It can also be in the forms of a solidarity fridge, giving the unsold products of the day to those in need.
  • Fast goods we’ve visited had organic waste programs, either with onsite composters or having partnerships with local producers

All in all, an eco-friendly fast-good is a place to eat healthy, with a sustainability approach and philosophy.

View the latest fast-good restaurants listed on Holiable


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