|Sparrow is one of several Houston restaurants with a focus on sustainability|
Did you know that food and packaging waste accounts for roughly half of what we throw away every day? It's not always easy to be eco-friendly when dining out, but you can make smart choices in the places you go, what you order and even how you get there.
A number of Houston area restaurants are on the sustainability bandwagon. Some focus on locally sourced food while others are taking a complete top to bottom approach.
At Ruggles Green, the chefs use organic, all-natural, hormone-free, preservative-free products. All of the glass, paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal used in the restaurant is recycled. Ruggles Green even recycles its fry oil to convert into biofuel. The location at Houston CityCentre was the first restaurant in Texas to earn a four-star certification from the Green Restaurant Association.
At Chef Monica Pope's acclaimed restaurant Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, local is the name of the game. The focus is on telling the story of Houston through locally sourced dishes.The menu changes regularly, depending on what's available.
Click here for a list of locally driven restaurants in town.
And click here for a rundown of farmer's markets in the area.