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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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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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How hospitality proves its purpose through the pandemic and beyond

By Tom Tanner, SRA With restaurants now firmly re-open and operating at something like full capacity again, it’s time to shift our focus back from one threatening big C to another. While Covid has dominated plans for the last 16 months, climate change is no passing threat. The findings of the recent Purpose Survey we …

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Who said crisp packets and plastic film weren’t recyclable?

By Louis Swan, Product and Innovation Executive, Paper Round Running a sustainable business can be a challenge. Few know this better than those who work in restaurants, cafés and hotels. Even with great strides in recent years in reducing the amount of single-use plastics in food and utensil packaging, the pandemic has caused a fresh …

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In water we Trust: Helping the drinks industry workforce one bottle at a time

By Mark Bickerton, Co-founder, Trust Water  Trust Water was launched this year to help support those working in the drinks industry, with 100% of net profits from every bottle sold being donated to The Drinks Trust. For those who don’t know, The Drinks Trust is a community organisation for the drinks industry offering support and services, to upskill, broaden members’ knowledge, provide a place …

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To eat fish or not to eat fish, that’s the wrong question

AUTHOR: Agatha Georgiou As a Marine Biologist myself, nothing in the Netflix documentary Seaspiracy was new or novel to me and highlighted issues I have been researching well before they became mainstream. However, I still found it extremely difficult to watch as it had no helpful messages for consumers apart from ‘don’t eat fish’ and …

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Putting plastic out of place in the kitchen

By Jack Feeny – No Mise En Plastic – a free resource putting plastic out of place in the kitchen. Like many chefs before me, I was taken aback by the waste I saw on a daily basis coming out of kitchens I worked in. After burning through hundreds of portion bags and roll after …

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What progress have we made on plastic?

WRAP has this week published its second annual report for the UK Plastics Pact. The report reveals good progress on the four key targets its set, including cutting unnecessary plastic by 40% and increasing recycling by 107,000 tonnes. The figures relate to 2019, and with the added hurdles presented by Covid-19, it will be next …

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Five ways to navigate the plastic reduction roadmap

By Juliane Caillouette-Noble, SRA Development Director A new report is out from City2Sea, a Bristol based environmental organization campaigning to stop plastic pollution, looking at the state of single use plastic in the food to go sector. The report is based on an analysis of the top 20* (by sales turnover data) UK high street food-to-go …

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