Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Sustainability Champions!

Monday, April 8th, 2013

We’ve just won a rather prestigious award! Check out this lovely blurb:

“A sustainable restaurant demonstrates responsible sourcing and best kitchen practice delivered by well trained staff using high-performing resource-efficient equipment and following good waste management policies. It is only with this holistic approach to the environmental, economic and social impacts of their business that the restaurant can be considered truly sustainable.”

 

Pretty swish. These words come from the most recent edition of the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s Guide to Sustainable Kitchens. Just under two weeks ago they gave us their highest possible rating of 3 Stars, and we are elated!  This makes us one of only two restaurants in Bournemouth to be presented with the award, which is of growing importance nationwide. Allow us to elaborate:

 

The SRA, headed by president Raymond Blanc, is a non-profit organization driven by a passion to see the restaurant industry look after the environment, its staff, customers and the local community. They asses and advise restaurants and hotels like ourselves on fourteen key focus areas, illustrated beautifully below:

You can check out the SRA’s home page here – http://www.thesra.org/

 

As you can see they weren’t joking when they used the word ‘holistic’. There’s a lot to take into consideration! That is why we put so much effort into not just into sourcing and preparing our food, but also how we run things and treat the world around us as we do it. It is why we use biodegradable bin bags for our food waste (it can be used as compost and contribute to renewable energy resources). It’s also why Head Barman Adam won’t make a strawberry daiquiri most of the year round (see ‘Did you know’), and why manager Helen threatens to take us running with her if we use too much water in the kitchen!

 

**Did you know…
- A third of the European Union’s greenhouse gasses emissions are food related.

- This is largely because of import/export carbon emissions.

- BUT some local food can actually be worse for the environment. If it’s grown out of season in greenhouses, or kept for too long in fridges which drain oodles of energy.**

 

Those of you familiar with our bistro will likely already know that we ensure that as much as food as possible is sourced locally and in season, or where possible from our very own farm! We are hoping very soon to take some customers along with us for a visit to the farm to sample some of the produce, and enjoy an old fashioned barbeque as soon as the weather capitulates to our needs. Of course, our fish is always responsibly sourced as well; in season and from sustainable sources. We do not buy fish from the fish to avoid list www.fishonline.org and we only use Marine Stewardship Council fish in our fish and chips and fish cakes recipes.

 

Whilst we are incredibly excited to have received this award (we could even shout it from the *ahem* NEW ROOFTOP), the best part is that it is an amazing incentive to keep pushing on and tackling new challenges. Sustainability is an ongoing battle and an area of fundamental importance. We are in fact taking it so seriously that we have taken on our very own ‘personal sustainability expert account manager’. That’s right, they are so important they got a title with more syllables than you can count on your eco friendly fingers,

Here’s to the very lovely Mother Nature,

Love,
Urban Beach xx

 

 

P.S. If you would like some more information about our sustainability endeavours please visit our relevant webpage Here.

Alternatively,  feel free to ‘Get in Touch’ or pop by anytime.

 

 

 

Too Good to Waste!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Too Good to Waste!

 

Have you heard of the doggy boxes that have been storming London? (And no we’re not referring to boxes that can fit those tiny little dogs that our celebrities seem to carry around with them nowadays!) Theses boxes are the cardboard variety which have been specially created by the ‘Sustainable Restaurant Association’ (or the SRA) www.thesra.org in association with ‘3663’ www.3663.co.uk/ and ‘One Water’ www.onedifference.org//food-drink/water

The idea behind the boxes is when you’re out having a meal in your favourite restaurant, but perhaps your eyes have been a little bit bigger than your belly and you can’t finish your grub, you can take the leftovers home. So they’re like doggy bags but a little bit posher and slightly more robust!

These boxes are very green too as they’ve been manufactured by London Bio Packaging (www.londonbiopackaging.com) They’re made of 100% recycled and biodegradable materials, so once you’re done with eating your leftovers, they’re suitable for recycling and composting too. Perfect for helping our crops to grow at the Urban Farm then ;)

Here at Urban Beach we’re a part of the SRA, we love being as green as possible as we love the environment, and we want to keep it as amazing as possible for as long as possible.  While this doggy box scheme is something that’s currently unique to London, we spoke to our friends at the SRA who put us in touch with London Bio Packaging so we could get involved too by purchasing some of these boxes for you guys, our very lovely customers.

So here are some of the facts as to why we need to become a little bit more food waste conscious*:

-          A whopping 600,000 tonnes of food waste comes from restaurants each year. Much of it filling up landfill space. This is the equivalent of three Double Decker buses for every restaurant

-          For every single meal that’s eaten in a UK restaurant, nearly half a kilo of food is wasted! This is a combination through food prep, spoilage and from what’s left behind on the plate

-          Us Brits also waste an awful lot of food at home. We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year. This costs £12bn!

-          Much of the food that gets wasted from our homes could actually have been eaten and the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking one in five cars off of the road!

If everyone did their little bit by eating their leftovers, it would all help. And often eating the food for the second time around is just as good or even better (we’ve all been there at home eating our left over takeaway the following morning!)

So help us to do our (and your) bit for the environment. And next time you’re visiting; don’t be scared to ask for one of these take home boxes. Just ask a member of the team who will be very happy to help.

*Stats from the ‘SRA’ website and the ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ website.