Caught Green Handed: Shake Shack

January 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

The Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, Manhat...

THE Original Shake Shack

Welcome to what I hope will be a recurring section here at Being Green in a Sea of Orange. Caught Green Handed will highlight companies and individuals that I interact with, who do awesome, sustainable things. First up? Shake Shack.

For those of you not from the NYC region, (or near one of Shake Shack’s other locations,) Shake Shack is one of the best burger joints around. Better yet though, it’s also quite famous for its hotdogs, fries, and, of course, its shakes and “concretes” – frozen custard with different toppings mixed in.

The coolest part about Shake Shack, however, is not really about its food – it’s about everything else there. Right away when you walk in, it’s made clear to you that recycling

is not just available but expected. The water bottles that they serve are locally filled and made in part from recycled materials.

Water Tap at NYC 8th Ave.

Plus, for those of you like me who want water, but would rather not deal with the bottle, most of their locations have free water taps available, like this one from the 8th Avenue Shack in NYC:  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – >

And the sustainability of Shake Shack doesn’t stop there. Many of the materials used in constructing the interiors and exteriors of the restaurants are either recycled or sustainable. My favorite by far? The tables are made from reclaimed bowling lanes. How cool is that?

Of course, Shake Shack also makes sure to recycle many of their waste materials for green energy, and they compost all of their food waste. On top of this, they make sure to have 100% of their electricity usage offset via wind farms in the midwest.

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Wonder how I know all this? I didn’t have to go searching around the internet for all of this, if that’s what you think (The information is available online, however). All I had to do was walk into the store, and it was right in front of my face on a poster (like the one to the left) hung right as you walk in!

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