• Wild Coho Salmon
  • Ōra King Salmon
  • MSC Albacore
  • Bigeye Tuna

Our Journey

Click on our locations below to see how we lower our carbon footprint at the restaurant level...
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington

Sustainable Restaurant Group is proud to become the world’s first restaurant company to understand its carbon footprint down to the individual menu item.

The restaurant industry’s carbon footprint is one of the largest, connecting everything from factory farming to transportation. We began this project to lower our impact, share practices that create real change and inspire other restauranteurs to do the same. Start by clicking on any of the fisheries on this map to follow the journey of our fish from ocean to table.

Sustainable Restaurant Group is proud to become the world’s first restaurant company to understand its carbon footprint down to the individual menu item.

The restaurant industry’s carbon footprint is one of the largest, connecting everything from factory farming to transportation. We began this project to lower our impact, share practices that create real change and inspire other restauranteurs to do the same. Start by clicking on any of the fisheries on this map to follow the journey of our fish from ocean to table.

Breakdown of our carbon footprint

SOURCES:

SUPPLIES

RESTAURANT

TRANSPORTATION

FARM & FISHERY

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64
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OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
225 MTCO2E/YR
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75
160
100
INDUSTRY AVERAGE CARBON FOOTPRINT
355 MTCO2E/YR
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Breakdown of our carbon footprint

SOURCES:

SOURCING & SUPPLIES

RESTAURANT

TRANSPORTATION

FARM AND FUGITIVE

*Based on the average of our full-service restaurant locations.

**Based on the typical supply chain and operational standards of a regionally close sushi restaurant of similar size to our average location.

How We’re Taking Action

Sustainable Restaurant Group is proud to announce our partnership with The Ocean Foundation, a leader in marine conservation.

What is it?

The Ocean Foundation is a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.

To offset carbon emissions, we’ve chosen to donate funds annually based on our own carbon footprint to the Seagrass Grow project.

Seagrasses are flowering plants that grow in shallow waters along coasts, lagoons and estuaries. Seagrass meadows can be found along the coasts of every continent except for Antarctica and over a billion people live within 30 miles of a meadow. Seagrass meadows provide food and habitat for 70% of juvenile marine species such as shellfish, seahorses, manatees, and sea turtles. They provide protection from shoreline erosion, filter pollution from water, support tourism, food security, commercial and recreational fishing. A single acre may support as many as 40,000 fish, and 50 million small invertebrates like crabs, oysters, and mussels.

of juvenile marine species live in a seagrass habitat
people live within 30 miles of a seagrass meadow
Why Seagrass?

Seagrasses occupy 0.1% of the seafloor, yet are responsible for 11% of the organic carbon buried in the ocean. Seagrass meadows, mangroves and coastal wetlands capture carbon at a rate two to four times greater than tropical forests. Seagrass habitats are up to 35x more effective than Amazonian rainforests in their carbon uptake and storage abilities. Between 2–7% of the earth’s seagrass meadows, mangroves and other coastal wetlands are lost annually, a 7x increase compared to only 50 years ago.

This year we’re responsible for planting 10.8 acres of seagrass which will offset 1701 MTCO2E of carbon the next 150 years.

For every $1, we’re offsetting 0.1 tons of carbon by planting 5.76 square meters of seagrass.

Do Your Part

Want to help us? Donate here to help offset your own carbon footprint with the Seagrass Grow project.

About the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

 Sustainable Restaurant Group has partnered with the Marine Stewardship Council to highlight a few of the species on the Bamboo Sushi and QuickFish menus that can be traced back to MSC certified sustainable fisheries.

The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. Established through a partnership between WWF and Unilever 20 years ago, the MSC works together with fisheries and companies around the world to affect change, address food fraud, and protect our last major food source that is truly wild.

Their vision is for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life – today, tomorrow and for generations to come. A sustainable seafood market is crucial to making this vision a reality.

 

We use the blue MSC label and fishery certification program to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans. The MSC is transforming the seafood market by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices and influencing the choices people make when buying seafood. They work with fisheries and businesses around the world to achieve this mission.

To see all of the MSC certified fisheries around the globe, check out their live map here.

For more about what the Marine Stewardship Council does and how you can find their labels on fish from restaurants to grocery stores, click here.

Learn more about how we put these numbers together.

Sustainable Restaurant Group worked with Blue Star Integrative Studio to audit our supply chain, purveyor relationships and operational practices to ensure the data of the Carbon Calculator is as detailed and accurate as possible.

Blue Star was able to gain strong insight into all of our data by working directly with our suppliers, employees and leadership team to see every aspect of our operation from an outsider’s perspective. They have also provided us services to help us understand how to further reduce our already low carbon footprint.

Learn More

If you’re interested in learning more about what they do or working with them to develop a better understanding of your own business’s carbon footprint contact them here: