We are making a conscious and collective effort to minimize our company’s environmental impact and are encouraging our Team Members to do the same. We have embarked on a multi-year journey to reduce the amount of excess food going into landfills, improve the energy efficiency of our restaurants, conserve water, and increase sustainability. We continue to identify innovations, increase awareness, and measure the impact of our efforts.
We continuously work to improve energy efficiency, reduce water use and conserve natural resources in our restaurants.
Finding new and more sustainable packaging and supplies for our to-go, catering and dine-in orders is an ongoing priority.
We constantly are refining our business processes and seeking new innovations to reduce reduce food waste in our operations.
Bloomin’ Brands is actively improving energy efficiency in our restaurants. The multi-year quest to become as energy efficient as possible is well underway. We began in 2011, aiming to reduce energy use by 10% in three years, and we exceeded that goal.
MAKING AN IMPACT
- 25%reduction in natural gas and electric
usage through upgraded equipment for cooking, heating, and cooling
- 47million kWh annual electricity savings
through LED lighting efforts
- 100%of restaurants use Energy Star® Equipment
Training and Awareness
We continue to invest in training and awareness efforts to help our restaurant Team Members understand how they can help reduce energy usage during their shifts each day.
Since 2004, the use of more efficient, ENERGY STAR® certified equipment has led the charge in reducing energy consumption at our restaurants. Just a few of these innovations include high-efficiency HVAC units with smart thermostats, on-demand tankless water heaters, energy recovery bar glass washers, and active energy management systems. We are also adding energy-saving LED and CFL light bulbs to our restaurants.
We are incorporating many Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED) standards throughout our new restaurant building and construction practices, and we are retrofitting existing restaurants with the same standards.
All of our restaurants have now implemented a wide range of water-saving initiatives.
Beginning with a mindset that ‘every drop counts,’ we have significantly reduced water consumption across the company.
MAKING AN IMPACT
- 173million gallons of water
saved per year by 'dipper well' conversion
saved with more efficient dish machines
Slow the Flow
From low-flow faucets, dishwasher spray nozzles, and pasta-cookers to new processes for washing floors and inspecting for leaks, we are leaving no stone unturned to save water in our restaurants.
The new heated dipper well equipment we are rolling out saves approximately 30,000 gallons of water, per well, per year!
Water-efficient landscaping and drip irrigation outside our restaurants is another program we are expanding in this important effort.
As we build new restaurants, we will continue to use new, more efficient equipment to make sure we do everything possible to preserve water for future generations.
We are seeking new and more sustainable packaging and supplies for use throughout our restaurants.
As part of our ongoing efforts, we use paper bags made from 100% recycled material, all entrée containers are now reusable, and we encourage a reduction in straw usage.
Through recycling efforts in our restaurants, more than 17,000 tons of waste are diverted from landfills each year. Additional innovations ranging from cardboard recycling to cork recycling are being reviewed as we continually seek new ways to reduce our environmental impact.
We are committed to get as much excess food as possible into the hands of those who need it most.
These expanding efforts have reduced food waste by 50% over the past six years, and reductions continue.
Numerous measures have been implemented in all of our restaurants to reduce the percentage of excess food prepared, using demand forecasting and more efficient food preparation methods.
When we find ourselves with more food than we can serve, we engage our ongoing partnership with the Food Donation Connection network and other food assistance programs to feed those in need. Our restaurants have donated more than 13 million pounds of
excess food in the last six years.
We are working toward specific targets to reduce the amount of food wasted. Increased training and awareness are central to this important goal.