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King's Food cuts down on plastic and energy consumption

King’s Food is acting to reduce single-use plastics in campus restaurants and cafés as it recognises the impact of plastic on the environment.  In addition, King’s Food aims to reduce its daily energy consumption by switching off its electrical and gas supply and only using them as and when it needs it.

What are we doing?

King’s Food restaurants and cafés will no longer be issuing plastic straws, recognising the hazard that they pose to marine wildlife. Once the remaining stock has been used up for products where straws are necessary, such as smoothies, King’s Food will look at sustainable alternatives.

In addition to this, single-use plastic cutlery is now only available on request at our restaurants and cafes, a levy will be added for the use of plastic cutlery, should this be requested. The aim of this is to encourage customers to choose reusable cutlery whenever possible, to reduce the amount of waste. To further encourage a reduction of single-use disposables, a levy will be introduced on disposable containers for main meals and grab-and-go items, though King’s Food will be happy to serve a portion of food in a customer’s own re-usable container. This will be in effect from 1st August 2018.

King’s Food will also remove individual sauce sachets currently available in restaurants, replacing them with refillable dispensers and bowls, where appropriate.

King’s Food aim to reduce the energy we use daily, which means we turn on and turn off our electrical or gas supply as we need to produce our hot meals , thus cutting down our overall energy usage.

What have we done so far with plastic?

 2017_09_27 King's biodegradable reusable water bottle (3)

All of these measures support existing King’s Food policies to reduce disposable items and waste. In September 2017, King’s Food introduced biodegradable refillable water bottles branded with the #OneLess campaign logo. These bottles are sold at cost price to encourage students and staff to ditch single-use plastic water bottles. To make refilling water bottles as easy as possible, King’s Food is working with Sustainability and Estates & Facilities staff to improve the provision of drinking water fountains at restaurants and cafés - the locations of all water fountains across our campuses can be found on the King’s Mobile App

King’s Food have also invested in Vivreau water filter dispensers and refillable glass bottles, which replace plastic bottled water at events and meetings. Last summer King’s Food invested in a stock of crockery and cutlery to replace disposables use when catering for Summer Schools, and have provided their own staff with KeepCups in a bid to save an estimated 25,000 disposable cups and lids each year.

King’s Food actively promote the use of re-usable mugs including King’s own branded KeepCup, and run a promotion offering a direct 10p saving to the customer when refilling a reusable mug, further encouraging reduction in single-use disposables. King’s Food staff also support the scheme to recycle disposable coffee cups in special collection bins, which then get recycled into anything from pens to park benches.

Reducing disposables and waste is one of the commitments made by King’s Food through the Sustainable Food Policy. King’s Food is also a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, enabling continuous improvement in sustainability across its operations.

Thursday 29 March 2018

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