Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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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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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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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The best change starts in tiny (reusable) packages

By Tom Tanner, SRA  Too often as an individual, the enormity of climate change and the biodiversity crisis can feel overwhelming. “How can anything I do make a difference?” is the question many of us ask. The honest answer is that one action by one individual won’t be sufficient. However, if lots of individuals start …

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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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Put positive change on tap this Refill Day

By Hannah Page, Brand Lead at Belu Water Wednesday 16th June marks World Refill Day – a day all about choosing reusable options over single-use packaging. UK consumers are thought to go through a whopping 28 billion single use drinks bottles and cans a year. This realisation has caused many people and businesses alike to …

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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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Be Positive and sign the Food & Drinks manifesto

By Niels de Fraguier, CEO Positive The whole Food & Drinks (F&D) and Hospitality sectors have the potential to spearhead our transition to a Regenerative economy. To undo decades of destructive agriculture, exploitative supply chains, and harmful packaging which weighs down on the system and Mother Earth. For this reason, in 2021 we are committing …

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SRA becomes official Knowledge Partner for the HRC Connects platform

By Tom Tanner, PR Manager, Sustainable Restaurant Association In March 2020, we welcomed hundreds of foodservice professionals to Sustainable Hospitality 2020: Food Made Good with the SRA at HRC in London’s ExCeL. Just weeks after hosting our discussions on food waste, workshops on eliminating single-use plastic and interactive sessions on reducing carbon on menus, that vast conference space was transformed into a Nightingale …

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