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Restaurant group cleans up and saves tonnes of plastic

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association In the summer of 2020, Duncan Goodwin, Head of Risk and Compliance at The Restaurant Group (TRG) which is the proud owner of a Three Star Food Made Good Sustainability Rating, was looking for a cleaning solution that sanitised surfaces quickly and effectively, without damaging furniture finishes. Duncan was …

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Will you refuse refuse and only use #TheRightBin?

By Jack Feeny, No Mise En Plastic No Mise En Plastic (@no_mise_en_plastic) has launched an instagram campaign, to encourage restaurants to refuse, refuse bags and separate out their waste. We understand that 4-weeks of bin related content sounds pretty dry but the interviews, recipes and tips we have lined up might just be exciting, especially …

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Good to the bone – tenth NRA sustainability award winner revealed

This is the tenth year of our involvement in the National Restaurant Awards – judging the winner of the Sustainability Award, now sponsored by Estrella Damm. The PIG, Grain Store (RIP) and Silo are among the illustrious and eclectic winners from the last decade. All of the past winners had a compelling sustainability story and …

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The secrets to sustainable coffee pods

Ever-popular and super convenient, pods remain the coffee of choice for many businesses. But are those delicious, crema-topped brews sustainable?  Traditional coffee pods are certainly burdened with numerous concerns, including the exploitation of farmers, deforestation and plastic waste. But where there’s a will, there’s a way – and Pact Coffee’s pods come with an eco-friendly …

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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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