They’re called “circular restaurants,” so named because they’re working toward a circular economy — one where there’s no such thing as waste, where products are made to be reused, repaired, recycled — a regenerative system that benefits the whole of society.
You might not know that your favorite takeout place is on the growing list of eateries that are recycling their used cooking oil into sustainable biofuel. Seattle’s International District is a hotspot of circular restaurants, with dozens of local favorites teaming up with biofuels producers who collect and transform the oil into renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuels and more. These cleaner-burning biofuels can be blended into fossil fuels to decrease the overall carbon footprint of the fuel product, which can be used in place of “regular,” polluting fossil diesel. Drivers of trucks, farm equipment and passenger vehicles like vans and SUVs that use diesel can use cleaner fuels without making any changes to their rides.
Cleaning up our transportation sector is a crucial part of fighting climate change. And we have a long way to go in Washington — with more than 40% of our climate-changing emissions coming from cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles. But we can get there – with policies like a Clean Fuel Standard (HB 1091), under consideration at the Legislature right now.