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How making coffee for good proved an award winning formula

By Natalie Lobel, Founder of Grounded MCR Sustainability – a word often bandied around by people who’ve ticked the right boxes in their business plan and left it at that! For us, it meant creating a business that is sustainable in all senses of the word – doing our bit to tackle the climate crisis …

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Five ways to celebrate National Hospitality Day and showcase your green creds

By Tom Tanner, SRA The eighteenth of September. If the date isn’t in your diary already, take a moment from reading this to ink it in. It’s a Saturday and it’s National Hospitality Day. Yep, that’s right, a day for a nationwide celebration of the UK’s brilliant restaurants, hotels, pubs, bars, cafés and caterers. So, …

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Isolation – growing pings of the opening economy

By Kate Dranginis, The Sustainable Restaurant Association   As the economy is opening up, we’re often hearing about hospitality venues struggling with staff members being ‘pinged’ by Track and Trace apps and being forced to isolate despite being symptomless and providing negative tests. Of course, the Track and Trace apps are to keep us as safe as possible, but it’s the amount of pings that are causing …

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How do the staffing crisis, sustainability, and mental health intersect?

By Emma Carroll-Monteil, The Sustainable Restaurant Association  When considering what defines a sustainable business, often we primarily think about resources, materials, and emissions – sometimes overlooking the importance of social sustainability. Without colleagues and staff feeling supported, it is easy even for companies which are based on the pillars of sustainability to collapse. As great as it is when a business pushes environmentally friendly foods and practices, if …

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Creative approach helps OXO feed community and take slice out of food waste

By Andrea Zick, PA to GM OXO Tower Restaurant & Bar and Brasserie When we were invited to join the first Cohort of the SRA’s Food Waste Bad Taste programme in 2019, we fully acknowledged this would be an ongoing journey for our business. We learnt that if food waste were a country, it would …

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Be a Zero Restaurant and become a community hero

By Nat Jenkins, Consultant to Civil Institute for Voluntary Action ZERO restaurants is an exciting new green venture launching in Hackney this summer with the help of the Civil Institute for Voluntary Action (CIVA) and the support of Hackney Council and Hackney Markets. The ZERO restaurants network will bring like-minded, environmentally conscientious food businesses together …

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Nando’s urges industry to talk more about sustainability

By Henry Unwin, Head of Sustainability, Nando’s Nando’s has been a member of the SRA since 2015 and is a founding member of their Groups and Chains working group. It’s great to be part of such an engaging and enthusiastic network, surrounded by individuals and businesses who are as passionate about sustainability as we are. …

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Feeding the Community during Lockdown

Author: Tom Tanner Photo Credit: @Lana de Meillon Malard from @CatfordFridge Faced with a mountain of potential food waste and an unspecified period of furlough, one Food Made Good member is feeding the community It’s less than seven miles from the Lewisham Irish Centre to OXO Tower Restaurant Brasserie and Bar, but the two places …

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Avoiding food waste during COVID-19

By Tom Tanner   While it may not be absolutely top of your list of priorities right now, we know you’d want to do everything you can to feed people and not bins, especially when many more people are struggling to put food on the table and there’s the potential for huge amounts of food going to waste.   We …

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