I have been working at Panera Bread in the York Region area of GTA (Toronto) for about a year now. Going into the job I realized there is a lot of food waste, and no recycling program in tact. So many recyclables are going into the garbage, and perfectly clean cups are being thrown away for unnecessary reasons. I could go on for ages about the poor management of these restaurants, but I am here for a different reason.
They have been serving sodas, iced teas, and many other beverages in thick plastic cups. When I first got hired, they had plastic cups, but recently I have noticed they have gotten thicker.
In addition, we used to use cloths to keep our counters sanitized, and these cloths were constantly washed and replaced.
Now obviously, cloth is better than disposables. A few months ago, they switched to disposable cloths, which are thrown out in the garbage and are NOT biodegradable (I did the research).
From all my experience at Panera, I have noticed they are not putting in ANY effort to help our environment, even though other companies have began to change their ways.
My goal is to get enough attention from this post, to be able to persuade Panera to change their views. I want them to realize what they are doing to the Earth, as it puts everyone of us in more danger in the long-run.
I'd love to see some recycling bins being set up in the restaurant, and sanitizing cloths changed back to the way they were. I'd love to see a change in our plastic straws and our packaging methods. An incentive for employees to collect as much recycling as possible would give everyone more encouragement (just an idea), and i know it sounds cheesy, but we can make a huge impact if every store in Canada and USA slowly implements these changes. Panera Bread is a huge company, and god knows how much pollution they are causing (ultimately ruining the lives of our grandchildren?!?!?!).
Help me sign this petition and let's slow down the global warming effects, one restaurant at a time!!!! #powertomothernature