With one third of all food produced globally going to waste, food wastage is a huge environmental issue. Greenhouse gases emitted from all this food breaking down in landfill equates to the level of an entire country, coming in third after the total emissions of the USA and China. Thankfully this is a problem that we are increasingly aware of and are taking steps to tackle.
What is the pledge?
We’re addressing this crucial issue with the creation of The Regent Street & St James’s Food Waste Pledge. A thoroughly delicious way to tackle a challenging issue. A network of 11 restaurants (see below) are joining us to commit to collectively reduce food waste by 25% by May 2020.
Proud to be the first destinations in the UK to introduce a campaign of this kind, the pledge unites leading restaurants and cafés with a shared vision of reducing their environmental impact and offering more choice to diners.
The pledge was inspired by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 12, focussing on responsible consumption and production, aims to reduce food waste by 50% per capita by 2030.
The purpose of our pledge is to commit to the future and encourage a significant shift within the food industry. To create a positive change for people and planet.
Who is involved?
A total of 11 drinking and dining destinations in and around Regent Street and St James’s and have committed so far, stretching from north of Oxford Circus down to Pall Mall. From restaurants and hotels to cosy little cafés, encompassing Michelin-starred fine dining in St James’s Market, as well as casual hidden eateries on Heddon Street.
How can I stay up to date and support the pledge?
For more on our Food Waste Pledge throughout the year and to find out how you can turn a sumptuous supper into a step towards positive change keep your eye on our website. We’ll be sharing news from participating restaurants as well as musings on what you can do to help reduce waste, whether dining out or cooking at home, including creative recipe ideas and more.
Be sure to pay a visit to one – or all – of the restaurants involved to find out more, and make sure to try out their range of food-waste-friendly dishes.