Have you ever given much thought as to how much rubbish we create, as a society? We know there's been lots in the media lately, but here's an insight into our thoughts on the topic.
Packaging rubbish. It's everywhere. We've become such a disposable society that we're creating an insane amount of rubbish, and we're not just referring to the rubbish created from purchasing a take-away lunch or coffee. It's everything from the packet of biscuits bought at the supermarket, to the single serve frozen meals, the plastic bags used to put fresh produce in, bottles and cans for beverages, and everything in between.
In the hospitality industry, we see a lot of packaging waste on a daily basis, which is why we're trying to do our little bit, to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Did you know that we give discounts to customers who bring in their own cup for takeaway coffee and tea? If you're looking for sugar to add to your beverage, you won't find the single serve sugar packets - there are sugar pots available on every table and for takeaways, just let us know how much sugar you'd like and we'll add it for you.
The bottled water that we sell is made from recycled materials, including the lid. All the disposables that we use, like cups, utensils, napkins, etc, are all the environmentally friendly version with lower bleach levels, but really, we'd prefer you eat in with us whenever you can.
When we buy any ingredients that's packaged, we do as much as we can to buy them in large quantities, so there's less packaging overall for each item.
However, we know that that's not always possible in a home environment. So what can you do to help the situation?
Try shopping at places like The Source Bulk Foods where you can bring your own jars and containers to refill products, meaning that you only buy what you need, which not only reduces product waste but packaging too. (The Glebe store is only two blocks up the road from us.)
As a business, we recycle wherever we can and are always looking at new ways to improve what we're already doing. We're so serious about the topic of waste reduction, that we recently co-hosted a film screening night, which was on plastic waste and the impact to our oceans.
But sustainability is not only about reducing waste. It's about living in a way that's healthy for the planet. It's about the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources so that we all help maintain an ecological balance. That sounds complex, but it really isn't.
The NSW Government have a good write-up on what households can do, which includes reducing the amount of chemicals that you use when you clean, looking into water reduction, recycling everything that you can, and thinking about alternative power sources. You can also be aware of how your food is farmed and get involved in community gardens.
We believe that if everyone does just a little bit to be more sustainable, our wonderful world will be in a much better place very very soon.
Yours in good food and health,
The RG team