TIME Food & Drink

This Is How A Chicago Restaurant Went 100% Garbage Free

Every day is Earth Day at this eatery

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Jason Vrany wants to save the planet, one sandwich at a time.

His Chicago restaurant, Sandwich Me In, prides itself on making great food at an affordable price and on the fact that they make almost no garbage.

By focusing on recycling, composting and rethinking the way the typical fast-casual restaurant is run, Sandwich Me In has only produced eight gallons of trash in over two years of business. Many restaurants produce that much waste in a single hour.

Vrany’s restaurant is built on sustainable business practices, including running on renewable energy and sourcing all of its meat and produce sustainably from local farms.

Oh and that eight gallon bag of trash that the restaurant produced? An artist picked it up to re-use in a sculpture meaning that Sandwich Me In has put zero trash into the environment.

Watch the video above to find out how they do it.

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