Going Green: Free Market Style

Imagine a combination of Green Peace and Ayn Rand. A sort of free market approach to protest the free market.

Got it?  Great.  Cause it makes MY head hurt.

But it would seem that’s exactly what’s going on in a restaurant in Sydney.

Some people are fed up with waste and environmental abuse.  They feel that people take too much and give back too little.  Mostly I get pretty fed up with those folks pretty quick and tune ’em out.

But this one got my attention:

(Reuters Life!) – An Australian restaurateur fed up with the waste left by diners has ordered her customers to eat everything on their plates for their sake of the earth or pay a penalty and not return.

Yowza!  Pretty harsh stuff.  THAT’S puttin your money where your mouth is.  And that’s not all.

Chef Yukako Ichikawa has introduced a 30 percent discount for diners who eat all the food they have ordered at Wafu, her 30-seat restaurant in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, that describes itself as “guilty free Japanese cuisine.”

She means it:

“To contribute towards creating a sustainable future we request a little more of our guests than most other restaurants,” she says in a list of her restaurant’s policies that is pinned on the door to the eatery.

And she even TELLS you what she expects:

This list includes finishing all dishes ordered which are organic and free of gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs and the chef and her staff tell people who don’t clear their plates to choose another restaurant next time.

“Finishing your meal requires that everything is eaten except lemon slices, gari (sushi ginger) and wasabi,” says the menu.

“Please also note that vegetables and salad on the side are NOT decorations; they are part of the meal too.”

I LOVE it.  I don’t care who you are or what you do, when you put it out there like that….?  I gotta love it.

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