Zero Waste Behind the Bar is a comprehensive online course that empowers bartenders to adopt sustainable practices, minimize waste, and contribute to a greener future. Throughout this course, you will learn essential techniques and strategies to incorporate zero waste principles into your bartending routine. From ingredient selection to waste management, each module focuses on different aspects of sustainable bartending.
Understanding the Concept of Zero Waste
In the first module, we lay the foundation by introducing the concept of zero waste and its significance in the bartending industry. You will gain insights into the environmental impact of waste generated in bars and learn about the principles of circular economy and sustainability. We will explore innovative ways to reduce waste, repurpose ingredients, and make conscious choices that benefit both the planet and your craft.
Ingredient Selection and Sourcing
This module dives into the crucial aspect of ingredient selection and sourcing. You will discover how to make informed choices by opting for locally sourced, organic, and seasonal ingredients. We will explore creative ways to incorporate overlooked or discarded ingredients, such as fruit peels, herb stems, and surplus produce, into your cocktail recipes, thereby minimizing waste and adding unique flavours to your creations.
Efficient Prep and Preservation Techniques
Efficient prep and preservation techniques play a pivotal role in waste reduction behind the bar. In this module, we will guide you through the best practices for maximizing the shelf life of ingredients, minimizing spoilage, and reducing unnecessary waste. You will learn preservation techniques such as infusions, syrups, and fermentations, which not only extend the usability of ingredients but also add complexity and depth to your cocktail offerings.
Sustainable Bar Tools and Equipment
To achieve a zero waste bar, it is crucial to evaluate the sustainability of the tools and equipment used. In this module, we will explore eco-friendly alternatives for straws, stirrers, glassware, and other bar essentials. Discover how innovative design and material choices can contribute to waste reduction and enhance the overall sustainability of your bartending practices.
Waste Management and Recycling
The final module focuses on waste management and recycling strategies tailored specifically for bars. Learn how to implement effective recycling systems, compost organic waste, and repurpose materials creatively. We will also provide insights on how to engage your customers and staff in sustainable practices, fostering a culture of environmental responsibility within your establishment.