From the grill to the grid: how restaurants are cutting energy costs and saving the planet

Across the hospitality industry, restaurants and catering companies have got ‘saving the planet’ at the top of their to-do lists. They’re making strides towards helping the environment and reducing energy costs by:

Switching to LED lights (the most energy-efficient lighting technology today) and timers (so lights are only on when needed).

Using paper straws and reusable coffee cups (single-use plastic straws and drink stirrers are banned in the UK).

Employing zero food waste policies to help reduce the amount of waste.

This is a great start, but there’s more to be done.

Whether your restaurants are award-winning or not, an unpleasant washroom experience with persistent urinal blockages and unpleasant odours isn’t what customers want to see (and smell). To make matters worse, a single blockage can shut down other urinals, causing significant disruptions until they’re resolved.

Cleaning is something we don’t always think about in terms of sustainability, but it plays a huge part. Restaurants typically rely on environmentally damaging chemicals, manual intervention, and costly ad-hoc rodding by external companies (which can mess with the pipes and cause hidden leaks).

Those were the only options… until now.

Blocked urinals with bad smells? Try URIZAP

When urinals get blocked or smell, harsh chemicals are usually used to try and fix them. It’s understandable because when you’ve got smelly washrooms, customers will think you’ve got bad hygiene in other areas. Smelly washrooms are a huge red flag in the hospitality industry and are your customers’ cue to never come back.

Instead of throwing harsh chemicals down the urinals – that can be toxic to both workers and the environment – try URIZAP. One scoop a week is all that’s required to maintain blockage-free and odourless urinals.

Don’t just take our word for it, this is how leading restaurant chain Hawksmoor enhanced their customer experience by using URIZAP.

“Our obsession with quality and ethics has always driven us to work with individuals and companies who share our beliefs. URIZAP reduces the need for harsh chemicals, is easy to administer, removes odours and costly repair services. We look forward to working with ABS in the future.”

– Patrick Urey, Hawksmoor Head of Operations

Need to reduce grease build-up and odours in grease traps? Try FOGZAP

Grease traps need to be emptied frequently, whether that’s by workers physically carrying them, or having them flow into grease wells that are piped onto trucks. Either way, the disposal process *smells*. It’s greasy, slippery and disgusting. Not to mention the logistical nightmare around how and where the truck is going to park and access the building.

Try FOGZAP instead. This powder-based solution is filled with bacteria that digest fats, oils, and greases, so grease traps can be emptied less frequently. That means a reduction in health and safety risks and a reduction in carbon emissions.

Blocked pipes from food waste? Try SLUDGEZAP 1

Bits of leftover food and oils on dishes ultimately end up down the drain, clumping together causing blockages and bad odours. To try and shift the blockages, harsh chemicals get thrown in… but they don’t always work (and they’re definitely not good for the environment).

Keep your pipes clear in a sustainable way with SLUDGEZAP 1. The friendly bacteria in this formulation can digest any organic matter that builds up in toilets, sinks and showers – that means anything with a drain.

  • For the ultimate washroom cleaning package: use SLUDGEZAP 1 with URIZAP. URIZAP will tackle the urinals, while SLUDGEZAP 1 will take on the sinks and toilets (it can even digest faeces).
  • For cleaning kitchens sustainably: pair SLUDGEZAP 1 with FOGZAP to target grease traps and the fats and oils from food residue that pollute the water system (from sink drains upstream, to congealed blockage-causing lumps downstream).

What our products can do for you (and the planet)

Our environmentally friendly, cost-effective cleaning solutions will help you:

Eliminate the causes of odours.

Reduce the pollution that ends up in sewerage systems.

Reduce carbon emissions.

Create safer working conditions (because they’re non-toxic to humans and animals).

Ready to take a seat at the sustainability table?

Save water and energy while cutting down on single-use plastic, carbon emissions, and environmentally unfriendly chemicals. It all starts with ABS.