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What Makes it Green?
The science behind eco-friendly restaurant tools and systems.
QSR magazine's guide to the science behind restaurant tools and systems that are friendly to the environment.

Faucet Aerator

For restaurants to go green, they have to pay attention to the blue—water that is. Affixing an inexpensive faucet accessory that adds air to the water stream can drastically cut water consumption.

Price Comparison:  
Standard Faucet Aerator: $6.75
One Touch On / Off Aerators: $8.95
Swivel Aerator with On / Off Lever: $10.12
High-Performance Vacuum Flow Aerator: $24.95

1. Hooking it Up

The faucet accessory screws onto the end of the water spout.

2. Adding Air

As water flows through the aerator’s weave, air replaces the spaces where the strainer is holding water back.

3. Saving Water

What flows into the sink is a single column of water and air mixed, reducing water usage up to 75 percent.

Green Cleaning Products

Today’s green cleaning products are proving that nontoxicity, biodegradability, and efficiency do not have to be mutually exclusive. Their naturally derived ingredients are able to be effective and environmentally friendly.

Price Comparison:  
1 gallon of Ramsey Power Bolt: $15.24
1 gallon of Simple Green: $16.48
1 gallon of Kleenzol: $21.88
1 gallon of X14 Cleaner Degreaser: $28.16

1. Attacking Dirt

Surface-active agents use water as a catalyst to break down large globs of dirt, creating small microscopic droplets called micelles.

2. Dividing Droplets

The micelles are made smaller and more numerous through micro-particulate-fractionalization (MPF).

3. Increasing Surface Area

The new smaller micelles provide increased surface area, which allows for the water and active agents to better attack the dirt.

4. Dissolving into Water

The continually attacked micelles dissolve into the water within the cleaning solution.

5. Resulting Efficiency

The dirt, oil, or fat is wiped away easily.

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