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Our Commitment to Sustainability

Snappy Salads has made a commitment to be a good steward of this great Earth, and therefore have chosen to spend a little more to help in this effort. Gathering tables are made from salvaged wood, countertops from recycled materials (porcelain, beer and wine bottles) and the lighting in the dining area are energy efficient. Each location has it's own story. Cups, utensils, and take-out containers are made from compostable annually renewable resources, and our straws are made out of paper. Being eco-loyal is who we are.

Snappy Salads introduces paper straws by Aardvark

Did you ever see the video of the sea turtle having a plastic straw extracted from its nose? That's why we switched to paper straws in 2014.  Our paper straws are biodegradable, compostable, 100% chlorine free and always made in the USA. And ours are the only paper straws on the market made with FDA food grade-approved inks and paper. Sure, we get some complaints about them from time to time, but if you don't like them, don't use them.  We're proud of the fact that we have saved the oceans from approximately 1.3 million straws already.

Here's the link to that video.  Caution, it is heartbreaking and not for the faint of heart.

Sea turtle video

Corn cups look and feel like plastic but are made from a renewable resource – 100% U.S. grown corn

Our drinking cups are made from PLA. PLA is a biodegradable material derived from renewable resources, most notably corn.  These have been in place since the very first day we opened in March 2006.  It was a commitment made even before the first salad was sold.  

Why use PLA instead of plastic?  Well, because corn is an annually renewable resource (you get a new crop each year) and because PLA is biodegradable.  Under the right conditions, these cups will biodegrade and turn back into organic matter.  Plastic cups, on the other hand, do not.  Unless plastic cups are recycled (and let's be real, most are not recycled), they’ll go into our landfills and remain there for hundreds of years.

In 2005, a few samples of these new PLA cups were left in the back of a car. There they sat for a few hours in the heat. When they were retrieved, they were all deformed because they truly are biodegradable. You can see for yourself. Take a kettle of hot water and carefully pour it into our drink cup.  You’ll watch it quickly shrink. Pretty cool if you ask us.

Salvaged wood with over 350 years of interesting stories

Our Las Colinas gathering tables are made from salvaged wood that is over 450 years old. Pretty amazing really when you think about it. We believe that the trees used for this table were growing at the time of the founding of Jamestown in 1607. Just think of all the history these tables have witnessed. Each location has a similar story, not exactly the same, but similar. Ask the manager to tell you the story about the tables at your restaurant and I'll bet you'll find it pretty interesting.  Oh, and not to leave out the stools, they too are made from the same salvaged wood.

Countertops are uniquely made with recycled beer and wine bottles, porcelain, and mirrors

In most restaurants, we sourced our countertops from a local Dallas company that produces the most eco-friendly and cool materials on the market.  We picked from a plethora of colors, materials, and shapes to create these bad boys. They're a combination of recycled brown beer bottles, green wine bottles, white porcelain, and shiny mirrors. Like a snowflake, each counter is unique. Tomorrow when you're dining with us, take another look and see how perfect they are.

First it was frustration, now it is congratulations

When we were trying to open our first location in Plano, the city building inspectors gave us a hard time about our LED lighting, stating that it didn’t meet their code. As each day passed, it was more and more frustrating as they were trying to understand how this type of lighting could be incorporated into our building design. We finally worked out our differences and all of that is behind us now. The City of Plano awarded us the Environmental Star of Excellence Business Award for Small Business. We're proud to be part of a city that truly cares about celebrating and educating their citizens about how they can make a difference.

Even our water is committed to you

Did you know that bottled water creates a ton of waste? That a lot of times it comes straight for municipal water sources? That shipping it across the country or across the globe uses a disproportionate share of fossil fuels? That’s why we offer our Commitment Water.  It is captured rain water that is sourced in Buda, Texas (yes, it is filtered). It’s the most naturally pure water on the market packaged in a biodegradable bottle and sent just a few miles up I-35. It’s the complete package. That’s committed! 

That poor one-time use paper bag

Think about it – the paper bag.  It spent about 20 years growing up as a tree.  And now, it’s about to live for just a few minutes until it gets your salad back to the house or office and then it’s put in the recycle bin (hopefully) or just thrown in the trash.  20 years of living for a one-time use!  What a shame.  What a waste.  That’s why we’d like to tape your salad, utensil, and napkin together when you're just getting one salad to go.  With just 10 inches of tape, together we can eliminate wasting energy, water, and our trees.  We appreciate you giving it a try.

Little did we know

Isn't it cool when you find out that a company is taking care of you and you didn’t even know it?  Such is the case with Huhtamaki. This is the company that makes our paper foodservice trays (the ones we serve our salads in at our NorthPark Center location). We recently found out that their products use 100% pre- or post-consumer recycled newsprint, are processed without chlorine, and are certified compostable and biodegradable.

In one year, Huhtamaki saves over 2.5 million trees, 1 billion gallons of water, 80 million lbs. of air pollution, 450,000 cubic yards of landfill space, and 600 million kilowatt hours of energy. Makes us think that Mr. Huhtamaki must be a pretty cool dude.

What am I?

I am classified as a possible human carcinogen by the EPA and by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).  I am the fifth-largest creator of hazardous waste.  When I burn, 57 chemical byproducts are released. The process of making me pollutes the air and creates large amounts of liquid and solid waste.  Toxic chemicals leach out of me into the food I hold (especially when heated in a microwave). The chemicals I’m made from threaten human health and reproductive systems.  I am made from petroleum, a non-sustainable and heavily polluting resource.  I can be recycled, but it’s very expensive and therefore, I end up in landfills most of the time.  

I am a styrofoam cup.