At the Cafe Rio in Grand Junction, the women’s restroom has a sign urging patrons to try their new, super-duper hand blow-drier. The sign tries to appeal to people’s sense of environmental responsibility by saying, “Let’s save our world [by using] one less paper towel at a time.”
But at the same time, Cafe Rio serves every last bit of food in disposable containers. Not one bit of it is recycled. The restaurant generates a truly astounding amount of trash day in and day out, which is greatly disturbing. Given this, their restroom sign is hypocritical to an extreme.
I’m not the only one who feels Cafe Rio’s use of disposables is excessive and unreasonable. A Yelp review of the Cafe Rio in Fort Collins expressed the same sentiment:
While I enjoy the $1.99 Taco Tuesday special and generally like the food and unique drinks at Cafe Rio I am disgusted with their disposable packaging. Large aluminum foil dishes and styrofoam cups overflow from trash cans at this location nearly every time I visit. Why not recycle that aluminum or use baskets like Chipotle? Yes… I realize that reusable supplies require some water to clean, perhaps paper plates could be a suitable alternative? Why not get compostable supplies like Whole Foods instead of using styrofoam?
The current policies are short sighted and disgusting; this stuff ends up in our landfills and is not worth the quick enjoyment of a half hour lunch.
If Cafe Rio was truly committed to the environment and not just paying it lip service, at a minimum the restaurant would be using reusable dishes, implements and glassware for their customers eating in house, and save the disposables for take-out only. Even better, they would use biodegradable disposables for their take-out food.
But they don’t do any of that. Instead, Cafe Rio appeals to their patrons to respect the environment while they trash it like crazy.
Cafe Rio, please start practicing what you preach. You are in fact a complete environmental nightmare.