(As if you needed more reasons to eat Chipotle)
Everyone loves Chipotle, but here are even more reasons to visit this delicious, yet sustainable restaurant chain. I think we just helped you decide where you’re going to lunch today.
1: Organic- 40% of their beans are organically grown which means 140,000 pounds of chemical pesticides have been kept out of the environment since 2005 – way to go Chipotle! Organic farming in general uses less energy, less water resources and fewer pesticides than traditional farming. The animals raised strictly for food are also treated much better with free-grazing and stress-free environments.
2: Family Farmed- Family farmers plant crops on the only land they own so they are mindful to take good care of the soil. This means they are more likely to practice crop rotation, plant multiple crops, and avoid pesticides, generally farming in a sustainable way. Animals on family farms are typically only administered antibiotics when sick as opposed to traditional farming where there is a routine use of antibiotics.
3: Local- The less distance food has to travel, the better for the environment as the carbon footprint of transporting food great distances is high. Chipotle sources about 50% of their food from within 350 miles of participating restaurants. This reduces food miles, supports rural economies, and ensures fresh, great-tasting produce.
4: Chipotle’s Gurnee IL restaurant is the FIRST EVER restaurant to receive platinum certification-the highest level- in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Some features implemented in this restaurant include rain water collected from the roof used to irrigate the landscaping and a wind turbine that provides up to 5% of the restaurants energy needs. To see more features of Chipotle’s sustainable buildings click HERE.
5: History of Support- Chipotle has donated more than $2 million to philanthropic organizations including The Nature conservancy, FamilyFarmed.org, and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution among many others to support the education and development of local organic food operations.