A new organisation has launched this week, which aims to help UK restaurants become global leaders in sustainability. The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) will offer practical advice and guidance to venues that want to make their operations more environmentally friendly, as well as communicating with consumers about sustainable initiatives within the industry.
Simon Heppner, managing director of the SRA said: ‘Restaurants are coming under increasing pressure to address a wide range sustainability issues – from customers, employees, the media and the Government. The Sustainable Restaurant Association has been set up to help them understand what they can do and gain credit for the efforts they make.’
Several high-profile restaurants have already signed up to the association including Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Benares, Tom Aikens, Wahaca, Hawksmoor, Hush, Quo Vadis, Barrafina and Carluccio’s. There is a small annual fee for membership, though the SRA is a not for profit organisation. Membership gives restaurants access to a range of services to support them as they convert their business to a more sustainable model, with the option of being audited to receive accreditation.
According to research conducted by the SRA, around 70% of British diners would be more likely to visit a restaurant that was actively tackling environmental issues.
For more info visit the SRA website.