July 21, 2016 Press & Awards, Sustainability

Behind the Scenes: Founding Farmers Commitment to Sustainability

The planet matters, so find ways to do more good and less harm.

A mantra that filters through all we do.

Our food comes from American family farms and purveyors we trust, and is cooked from scratch every day. We make our own pasta, desserts (even ice cream), stocks, sauces, dressings, baked goods, and more.

Our sustainability practices don’t end when a dish leaves our kitchens, they’re also found in our collaborative works with like-minded builders, architects, vintners, designers, distillers, and artists, to accomplish our goals of creating complete, sustainable experiences for our guests … and hopefully inspire them.

In fact, we’re thrilled to be recently named one of The 10 Most Sustainable Restaurants in America for the eco-friendly practices we put into place and our overall commitment to sustainability.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at just some of the sustainable efforts found throughout Founding Farmers restaurants:

  • Our Recycling & Composting Program keeps 90% of waste out of landfills
  • Use of Energy Star qualified appliances and monitors (which are 30% more efficient than conventional models); T8 linear fluorescent lights (which use 75% less energy/emit fewer greenhouse gases than incandescents); and water purifiers to bottle our own water, promoting water & waste efficiency
  • Dishwashers that sanitize with hot water and green cleaning products instead of a chemical to protect indoor air & water quality
  • Use of refurbished-recycled materials in furniture, reducing our dependence on non-renewable virgin resources (*fact: our MoCo’s Founding Farmers front desk is made from recycled shoeboxes!)
  • Occupancy sensors, low-flow faucet aerators, and touchless faucet sensors and hand dryers are installed in restrooms to promote water, energy, and waste conservation
  • Our bath tissue, hot cups, beverage napkins, and paper bags are made from recycled materials
  • We recycle & convert used cooking oil and trap grease into high-quality biodiesel; and offset some of our greenhouse gas emissions with the purchase of carbon credits through Carbonfund.org

Our mission to find ways to do more good and less harm continues each day. And as we grow as a company, so will our sustainability efforts!

August 10, 2021

Straws Made By Life

We have a new sustainability partner across our restaurants. After a lot of trial and error trying to find the best alternative for plastic straws, we came across Restore Regenerative Foodware. 

April 17, 2020
Press & Awards

Health, Safety & Public Trust: Our Commitment to Our Guests, Our People & Our Communities

We’re doing everything we can at Founding Farmers to ensure the utmost safety for our guests and our team as we continue to provide food and provisions for our communities during COVID-19. 

August 19, 2019

Sunflowers are Back

It is a great season to visit Founding Farmers Tysons. Our sunflowers are back and in-house through September.  We love welcoming guests to our Tysons restaurant with our bounty of sunflowers. Each year, we harvest these beauties with our friends and sustainable partners at Sweet Virginia, a non-profit working to educate children about the wonder of honey bees and their importance in pollinating and maintaining food diversity for every living creature on the planet.

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