Big brands sign up to kick off cup recycling scheme

Big brands sign up to kick off cup recycling scheme

FOUNDING MEMBERS of the ‘Simply Cups’ recycling scheme include John Lewis Partnership, BaxterStorey and ISS Facility Services

Following the recent announcement that the UK’s only paper cup recycling scheme will be launched from August 1st, there has been overwhelming support from all sections of the supply chain to join the scheme that will help recycle the 2.5 billion paper cups that are sent to landfill or incinerated each year in the ...

WRAP publishes new carrier bag use figures

WRAP publishes new carrier bag use figures

DATA PUBLISHED by WRAP shows that 8.3 billion thin-gauge (single-use) bags were used in 2013 by customers of UK supermarkets.

This represents an increase of 3.2% compared with 2012 (8.1 billion), and a decrease of 32% compared with 2006 (12.2 billion), when reporting began.

The number of thin-gauge (single-use) bags used per month by supermarket customers increased from 10.6 in 2012 to 10.8 in 2013. This represents a decrease on the 16.7 ...

New sustainable palm oil manifesto met with criticism

New sustainable palm oil manifesto met with criticism

A NEW sustainable palm oil scheme, set up by some of the largest companies in the palm oil industry, has been criticised by environmentalists who claim it’s “greenwashing”.

The Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto is supposed to represent an increased commitment to sustainable production right across the supply chain by companies such as Cargill, who are pledging to set higher standards for growers, traders, end users, and other stakeholders.

The Manifesto commits its ...

Cameron reshuffles Conservative cabinet

Cameron reshuffles Conservative cabinet

DAVID CAMERON has announced his biggest reshuffle in the conservative office which sees Elizabeth Truss take over as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from Owen Patterson.

The prime minister has made way for a more female and state-educated top team as a many of the male middle-aged ministers have been replaced or demoted.

Elizabeth Truss, who was formerly an education minister and entered the Commons in 2010, will ...

New report calls for changes to the UK food and farming policy

New report calls for changes to the UK food and farming policy

THE FOOD Ethics Council, Soil Association and Compassion in World Farming have collaborated with seven other UK organisations to produce a report which challenges the government’s current UK food and farming policy.

The organisations involved have joined forces to highlight the overwhelming evidence that demonstrates the need for major changes to national food and farming policy.

The report – titled Square Meal – calls for stronger government leadership in four key policy ...

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Independent sector falling behind the agenda

Independent sector falling behind the agenda

THERE’S A very interesting article in this month’s Footprint highlighting that, in the foodservice arena, it is the larger organisations as opposed to the independents that are leading the way when it comes to effecting the big changes in sustainability. You’d be forgiven for thinking it should be the other way round.

The Gram Green Paper, a recent piece of industry research, recorded that 81% of restaurants believed their businesses to ...

Resting on their laurels

Resting on their laurels

OVER 80% of restaurants would describe their business as green. But let’s not get carried away.

Back in 2008, 59% of restaurants felt that their businesses were green. In 2014 81% believe that’s the case. It’s an impressive jump. The fact that the restaurant sector has seen the biggest drop in how difficult staff find it to be green at work – down from 38% to 14% – is also a positive ...

Meatless balls

Meatless balls

IT TAKES some balls but the signs are that more food companies are beginning to look at changing their menus to incorporate more sustainable options.

In an interview with 2degreesnetwork.com last month, the McDonald’s vice-president for corporate social responsibility, Bob Langert, was quizzed about pressure directed at the company’s Twitter feed to offer meatless options (with meat production resulting in high quantities of greenhouse gases). Could a veggie Big Mac be on the cards?

“Only ...

Soy sourcing scandal

Soy sourcing scandal

IT’S CALLED ‘the Brazilian miracle’ but rocketing demand in turning soy into an environmental disaster while foodservice firms stand by and do nothing. David Burrows reports.

Foodservice companies have come under fire for their lazy buying practices when it comes to soy. Elior, Sodexo, Compass and Nando’s have all been criticised as part of a major investigation by the environmental group WWF showing that very few companies are aware of buying practices further ...

The political print

The political print

IT’S BEEN four years since the coalition promised to become the “greenest government ever”. 

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and a lot has changed. It has gone from that statement of intent to reports of wanting to “cut the green crap” (cue tax breaks for polluting industries and cuts to renew- able incentives). Given the short cycles in politics it was ever going to be thus, but given some of the decisions ...

Lucky number seven

NEW RESEARCH suggests that recommended guidelines for daily frui and veg intake need to increase from five portions to seven. This could be hard to swallow given current intakes.

 

When it comes to fruit and veg seven is the new five, according to research in the Journal ...

Interview: Spirit Pub Company’s head of supply chain and purchasing

SPIRIT PUB Company’s head of supply chain and purchasing talks to Footprint about sustainability advances in the pub sector.

 

Niki Goddard: Tell us a little about the sustainability stakes in the pub sector. Ahead or behind the sustainability agenda?

 

Vance Fairman–Smith: Good question! We have seen good progress with WRAP’s HaFSA but I think as a sector we are still fragmented and ...