The New Table Manners

"I wanted to create a sustainable and healthy life for all of humanity," says Michael Oshman, 34, founder of the Sharon, Mass.--based Green Restaurant Association (GRA), which was started in 1990 to help restaurateurs convert their establishments into eco-friendly and sustainable businesses.

Although the association now has more than 200 members in 20 states, it's not so easy being green in the service business. Members must agree to follow a set of environmental guidelines, including the use of green power, sustainable food, chlorine-free paper products, and recycling and composting programs. Oshman says the GRA's main goal is to...

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