Sustainable Restaurant and Cafe Design


Here at RDA we strongly believe in sustainable design and reducing the impact on the environment and using recycled and sustainable materials wherever possible in our catering projects.

We listen to and work closely with our clients to achieve the most ethical solutions for each project, always being aware of budget.

Our expert design team can suggest designs, equipment and materials which are more “ethical” in their characteristics, thereby enhancing the quality of the whole project.

Here is just a flavour of the environmentally friendly materials and catering equipment we use when designing a scheme.


Green Living Walls– this is an extremely popular design feature with clients due to plants ability to improve wellbeing as well as boost productivity in the workplace.

Green walls also have numerous environmental benefits which include:

  • Added site value
  • Improved heat insulation
  • Reduced sound transmission
  • Enhanced air quality
  • Reduced airborne pollutants

Paints – always ensure they are low or zero VOC’s – (Volatile Organic Compounds)

Wallpapers– FSC Certified wallpapers contain no substances which are damaging to health or the environment.

Natural Wall Coverings– these materials are made from highly renewable resources such as Bamboo, Palm Leaf and Banana Tree Bark.

3 D Wall Panels and Coverings-The raw material used for Wall Art sustainable 3D-wallpanel designs is 100% recycled, compostable and consequently 100% biodegradable.


Cork is the perfect environmentally friendly, renewable and sustainable material.

Marmoleum– Sustainable and durable, Marmoleum is created from natural, renewable raw materials. There are no phalates, plasticisers and no mineral oil in Marmoleum. It is 97% natural raw material, 72% rapidly renewable and has a 43% recycled content. When combined with long cleaning and maintenance intervals, it makes Marmoleum the most sustainable resilient floor covering, bar none!


Corian – With its potential for reuse, long lifespan, use of recycled content, and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions, Corian is the ideal eco-friendly countertop.

Stainless steel – As well as being naturally hygienic, stainless steel is the most environmentally friendly countertop material available. Not only are the raw stainless -steel sheets used to manufacture countertops composed of around 60% recycled material, but the countertop itself can be fully recycled.


FSC Certified Wood-Trees are important for so many reasons, and our impact on forests in turn has a direct impact on our environment, our health, the food chain and even the climate. Buying furniture made from controlled sources of sustainable wood drastically reduces the damage we unknowingly do to our eco-system.FSC certified wood sources are forests that are controlled to ensure constant and definite growth. If wood is sourced from FSC certified forests, buyers and sellers can rest assured that their wood products are not only renewable, but that they come from forests that are managed responsibly. Wood is also a reusable resource and its recycling needs less energy in comparison to other materials such as steel or aluminium.

Recycled metal and plastic
More and more furniture is being made from recycled plastics and metals. Recycled materials require less processing and fewer resources and help support the market for recycled materials.

Look for furniture that’s durable and fixable
One of the most important but often overlooked aspects of green products (and this definitely goes for furniture) is durability. If something is tough and/or can be readily repaired, this lessens the chance that it’ll end up in the landfill and could easily save you money in the long run, even if it’s initially more expensive. Even recyclable materials if they break (and can’t be fixed) require energy and other resources to reprocess and then replace.


Replacements of ‘single use’ equipment for ‘multifunctional’ equipment where practical, can enable kitchen staff to cook multiple dishes using multiple cooking methods all using the same piece of equipment. This can lead to huge savings on energy usage, is more sustainable and helps to reduce labour costs, as well as space in the kitchen, which is particularly useful for the smaller kitchen spaces.

The payback on such savings vs the initial capital cost of quality, multifunctional equipment will often surprise operators and be an easy decision when demonstrated.


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