Sustainability at Lettuce
Conscious actions at our restaurants
At Lettuce Entertain You, our commitment to sustainable gastronomy has been a priority since our founding in 1971. Our commitment is a continued effort to reduce our carbon footprint. Though we still have a long way ahead to be 100% sustainable, we are committed to making small changes to do our part.
These are some of the steps we are currently taking:
Part of our commitment includes reducing our use and waste of plastic. To meet this goal, our restaurants have switched to plastic-free straws and are converting to compostable food containers for to-go orders. We have recently released a plastic-free version of our gift card that will replace our plastic gift cards as we phase them out.
Our chefs have a responsibility not only to our guests but to the suppliers, purveyors, and supply chain partners that make serving our guests possible. We work to source seasonal, organic and sustainably-farmed meat and produce wherever possible. For example, a large percentage of our produce is sourced from farms within 100 miles of our restaurants, such as Mick Klug, Local Foods and Nichols Farms. And where local offerings cannot accommodate, we work with trusted purveyors like Regalis and Rare Tea Cellar to responsibly source ingredients such as truffles and other delicacies from small businesses around the world.
Operating in Green Spaces
As we continue to grow, we prioritize spaces that offer eco-friendly amenities such as energy-generating wind turbines, green roofs, high-efficiency glass, recycling programs, energy-efficient lighting, electric car charging stations, and local and sustainable building use materials during the construction process.
We have identified these three areas as a focus on becoming more sustainable. We are enthusiastic about our role in helping make sustainability attainable and a priority in our industry. We have a long way to go, but we appreciate the support of our teams and customers.