Sam's is Eco-Friendly
At Sam’s, we’re committed to the environment and ecological systems from where our food is sourced and grown – and we’re working hard to meet today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Rooftop Solar Electricity
Our newest addition is a solar electric system, which covers our rooftop. It adds about 13.8 mega watt hours of electricity annually for the restaurant, saving lots of energy!
For to-go items, we use 100% biodegradable and compostable boxes made from sugarcane. After the sugarcane stems are crushed and the juice is removed, the dry fibrous material leftover is called bagasse – and that’s used to create the durable, disposable to-go boxes.
Over 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the U.S., typically enjoyed for minutes before being discarded. Too small to be recycled, plastic straws stay in the environment well past our future generations lifetimes, breaking into tiny pieces over time. They have proven to be a danger to our environment, as well as to wildlife. We have been searching for a while for a substitute product that will be strong enough to provide the functionality required, but be kinder to Mother earth.
We are happy to announce that we are phasing out our plastic straws and transitioning to Greenware's straws - made entirely from plants, not petroleum. These new straws are made from plant sources like corn, and are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) to meet international standards for compostability. We also continue to use 100% biodegradable and compostable to-go boxes.
We recycle all of our rice-based, trans fat-free vegetable oil from our fryers. Given that we are an East Coast-style seafood house with many fried seafood items on the menu, this represents about 300 gallons a week. The oil is picked up regularly by a local non-profit which provides housing and community services to developmentally disabled people. They use the oil to fuel the vehicles and machinery used on their farm.
We have replaced all of our incandescent lights with fluorescent, which are known to outlast up to 13 incandescent bulbs, consuming far less energy.
Sustainable Seafood Practices
At Sam’s, we choose seafood to eat or sell that is caught or farmed in an environmentally sensitive manner, which protects the long-term health of individual fisheries and our ocean ecosystems as a whole.
Whenever possible and practical, we source fish using the Seafood Watch recommendations published by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
We also use 100% biodegradable and compostable packaging and utensils, as well as trans fat-free vegetable oil in our fryers, so it’s all recyclable.
Rooftop Solar Panels at Sam's Chowder House