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More restaurants pledge to tackle sector’s poor environmental performance

Emily Smoucha
1st February 2011
Sustainability in the restaurant trade, which has one of the worst records for environmental awareness, received a boost this week as five major restaurants committed to becoming greener.
Las Iguanas, Le Pain Quotidien, Ping Pong, Prezzo and D&D London, which owns restaurants such Blueprint Café, Skylon and Coq d'Argent, have all joined the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), it was announced this week.

The SRA launched last year to make it easier for restaurants to take positive sustainable action. It already has 500 members including some of the country’s best known restaurants, Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Carluccio’s, Moro and Benares. But the organisation described this week’s additions as significant for a sector that, along with hotels, has earned the title of having the lowest level of environmental awareness by the Environment Agency.

"We are really excited to be working with these five well recognised names," said Mark Linehan, managing director of SRA. "Their keenness to join the association and commitment to work with us to become more sustainable is indicative of the change that’s starting to happen across the industry."

Restaurant and hotels produce three million tonnes of food waste, throw out 600,000 tonnes of glass bottles, and use 391 million cubit meters of water each year, something the SRA is committed to changing.

Environmental pledges

To join the SRA, the five businesses have to agree to take at least three major sustainable actions across their social, environmental and sourcing policies over the next year.

Some of the steps the SRA helps its members take to lower their environmental impact includes cutting energy usage, reducing waste and using water more efficiently. It also provides a 'Start-Up Toolkit' for those looking to break into the industry.

Commenting on this week’s sustainability commitment, Eren Ali, managing director of Las Iguanas, said: "The ethos of Las Iguanas is to bring delicious and authentic Latin American food and drink to our guests and serve it in an environment which evokes the very best of Latin Life. As a company we put the welfare of our people and our social responsibilities at the top of the agenda and look forward to working with the SRA to continue our journey to becoming an ever more sustainable business."

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