Environment

2021 – A year in review

By Juliane Caillouette-Noble 2021- a roller coaster of a year. One that started in lockdown, and seems to be teetering on the edge of ending right where we started. A year where so many poured their hearts into making their business survive – thrive even! – despite the most challenging of circumstances. And though the industry again finds itself knee deep …

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12 DAYS OF SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS

With Christmas nearly here, it’s time to check that you have everything ready for the holidays – including your sustainability practices! With help from some of the fabulous food service businesses we work with, we’ve launched 12 Days of Sustainable Christmas (check it out on Instagram!) – packed with ideas and tips for making the …

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Dough-ing the right thing just got so local and tasty at Pizza Pilgrims

By Tom Tanner Walk into Pizza Pilgrims’ new restaurant on the Fourth Floor at Selfridges and you can just smell something’s a bit different. Ok, so the basil plant guard of honour could have a fair bit to do with that sense that this isn’t your average pizzeria. Pick up a menu and you’ll start to realise …

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Global award for Australian bar where they waste nothing and you taste everything

By Tom Tanner The Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award 2021, at the World’s 50 Best Bars, has been won by Re-. The extraordinary scale of the commitment to minimising waste at the Sydney, Australia cocktail bar, would be impressive for a venue that’d been operating for a decade. The fact that it only opened its …

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Sign the UK Soy Manifesto to protect forests, people and our planet

By Rose McCulloch, Senior Consultant, Efeca In November, 28 major businesses from across the UK supply chain came together to sign the UK Soy Manifesto, a commitment to cut deforestation and conversion linked soy from UK supply chains by 2025. Signatories include major UK restaurant brands like Nando’s and KFC, all the major supermarkets, and …

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Is mitigating food waste the key to the net zero recipe?

By Harriet Lindsey, Paper Round  We’re Paper Round – the business recycling experts. This means that we are extremely well placed to discuss all things waste and climate related.   We know that the title was a bit of an excuse to make a food-related pun, but in actual fact, the sentiment isn’t so silly at all.  Food Waste  Less than a third …

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COP26: A response, one week on.

Written by Emma Carroll-Monteil, The SRA  Depending on who you talk to or what you read, the outcomes of COP26 have been described in a variety of ways, ranging from a disappointing failure, to a genuine success providing real hope. As an attendee of the event, and as someone who is experiencing all those descriptors listed, I maintain that these feelings are not mutually exclusive.   Although we did not attend …

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Wahacamole helps Mexican street food group win R200 award

By Tom Tanner There’s a long-held perception that it’s the independent, small-scale, artisan restaurants, pubs and cafés that are the sustainability pioneers and who will lead us to a better food future.  From the get-go back in 2010, here at the Sustainable Restaurant Association, we took the view that while it was often the ‘small guys’ that would …

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Spirit of sustainability shines through in San Pellegrino Young Chefs

By Tom Tanner We were thrilled when San Pellegrino approached us back in 2019 to help them create a new award. For the 2019 edition, they appointed us as the sustainability partner for its Young Chefs programme and asked us to create a new Social Responsibility category. The award sits alongside the programme’s other awards, raises …

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Food, drink and laughter as well as some serious Net Zero chat at COP26

By Tom Tanner A beer festival, cracking comedy, fabulous food and live music. Who knew tackling climate change could be so much fun? If you’re in Glasgow for COP26 then you won’t want to miss out on the brilliant fringe event being hosted by our partners from Net Zero Now on 4 November – Forget …

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