Now that nutritional information is being added to menu items, what's next? Why, carbon emissions, of course. One eatery, Otarian, hopes to set the standard: The fast-casual restaurant, which opens its first New York location April 19, will be the first global chain to carbon footprint all its menu items according to PAS 2050, a set of greenhouse gas specifications recognized world over.
Otarian, which already has locations in London, offers a vegetarian menu that includes portobello mushroom burgers, roasted vegetable lasagna, and berry panna cotta — none of which are made with air-shipped ingredients. Restaurants are built using sustainable materials, and practice recycling and composting whenever possible.