Building Green: Eating Ware

We make many efforts to keep our energy use as low as possible. Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery was built with many features that help it to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint.

We try to implement the “Reduce, Recycle, Reuse” policy whenever possible.

We compost just about everything we can. Non-edible food scraps, spoiled food, paper, and many compostable products. If you come into Barstow’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream or treats from the bakery, you will notice that we use reusable utensils as well as compostable utensils and packaging. We are turning food throwaways and biodegradable products into decomposed material used for growing plants and conditioning lawns and gardens.

All of our coffee cups, plastic-looking cutlery, bakery tissues, straws and containers are compostable. We use compostable packaging from Eco-Products, and Greenware made from plants not petroleum. By composting and reusing whenever we can, we create much less waste.

We offer ceramic plates and cups in place of our compostable ones when eating in.  This reduces waste added to the compost pile.

Composting is a way of recycling waste, but one of the more important aspects of reduce, reuse, recycle is REDUCE!

When you choose to compost, you will help improve our environment by providing materials that enhance the soil, help reduce pollution caused by the incineration of waste, and improve water-holding capacity. But most importantly, by composting, you help remove tons of waste from waste stream and water treatment plants and divert reusable matter from landfills.

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