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Countdown: The 10 Best Sustainable Restaurants In The U.S.

Posted: 01/13/12 09:33 AM ET

They say it's not easy being green. But, honestly, it's gotten easier lately, especially with so many great restaurants making efforts to operate sustainably. But these days it's more than just serving foods sourced from local, organic farms.

Sustainability in 2012 is about designing an efficient, eco-friendly environment, reducing waste, recycling, composting, using biodegradable products when possible, conserving water and generally paying more attention to one's impact on the environment when eating and drinking -- whether it's serving organic wine or knowing where your meat comes from. Here are 10 restaurants whose small footprints are making a big impact:

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Haven, Houston

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They say everything is bigger in Texas, but the statement obviously doesn't apply to this restaurant's carbon footprint. Chef-owner Randy Evans offers a truly farm-to-table experience with ingredients sourced from small local farms, as well as his own garden, where kitchen scraps get composted and a cistern is used for watering. The green décor includes recycled wood, glass and fabrics, and leaf-embedded concrete floors.
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