Chicago Sandwich Shop Runs Virtually Garbage Free But…
A new short documentary has been making the rounds on the internet about Sandwich Me In, a sandwich shop in Chicago that creates next to nothing in waste. I applaud Justin Brandy’s dedication, the guy isn’t just throwing his garbage into a recycling bin, he’s bringing everything home so that it get’s recycled properly. But there is one issue I have with his sustainability program. Watch the video and see if you can spot it. (And it’s not just my pedantic instinct that they keep saying the restaurant is “garbage free” when they do in fact create a tiny bit)
Did you spot it?
At the one minute mark Justin goes over to the sinks and explains that in a day the typical restaurant goes through fifteen sinks of water and he only goes through one. But there is a reason for that. That sink contains sanitizer, sanitizer breaks down over time and over use. It is supposed to be changed by instruction of the manufacturer (and usually health codes) when the water gets dirty or every 3-4 hours (whichever happens first). Everything coming out of that sink after that time frame is not properly sanitized and is possibly carrying harmful bacteria and pathogens.
Kudos for devoting yourself to making a more sustainable restaurant, and I hope many more get inspiration from the video but don’t do it by putting the health of your customers at risk.