Eight Simple Steps to Become More Sustainable!
12th March 2021
Sustainability is an issue that can no longer be ignored! It’s time to take action and become more sustainable.
Did you know that, according to Forbes, 88% of consumers try to do what they can to lessen their impact on the world? For the hospitality industry this could suggest the need for a change in the way that businesses run and operate
MINTEL suggest that a consumers interest in Eco-friendly initiatives can be driven by a greater awareness of the issue.
The impact of COVID-19 on sustainability
Covid-19 has impacted the way that hospitality businesses have operated completely.
This includes the sustainability practices that they may have adapted pre pandemic, such as the rule for single use paper menus, masks and not being able to have shared water stands.
Therefore, businesses must start from square one to not only ensure that their business is sustainable, but also ensure it is Covid safe and meets the requirements of the government and the restrictions in place.
By adopting simple steps, companies can incorporate new process that will benefit the environment in the long term.
Why is sustainability important?
Sustainability is widely regarded as one of the crucial aspects to a successful business in the 21st century.
Sustainability is currently one of the biggest problems society has to face. This issue cannot be ignored, however, can be changed.
The Institute of Hospitality states that sustainability is embedded in the hospitality industry and is currently under a lot of pressure to adapt, improve and manage their businesses the better.
How these steps will transform your business
By following these tips, you don’t have to make big adaptations that will take time, money and energy away from your business.
These small changes will enable you to lessen your waste, electricity consumption and carbon footprint.
These steps may be seen as small, but these small changes can make a big difference. Imagine if every hospitality business in the UK implemented these adjustments, the overall impacts would be unimaginable.
8 Simple Steps
The future is uncertain, but by following these steps you can make sure that you are doing your part for the environment.
1 – Offer QR codes instead of single use paper menus to those that can access them.
2 – Swap to eco-friendly lightbulbs and turn them off when not needed.
Novotel London swapped to LED lightbulbs which helped them save 75% of their energy.
3 – Offer re fillable drinks to cut down on glass and cans with the option of purchasing re-usable cups.
In 2018 Boardmasters implemented a scheme to use re-fillable cups while at the festival.
4 – Ensure all possible items can be recycled and use bio-degradable wipes and bags.
5 – Change all cleaning cycles such as dishwashers and washing machines to an eco-option.
6 – Source food and materials from local businesses.
7 – Make yourself aware of electricity consumption to notice when to cut down.
8 – Swap from plastic packaging to cardboard or easily recyclable material.
UK chain Nandos have made this change and now currently use cardboard for all takeaway services.
… its really that simple to make a big difference!
Each of these steps are so simple to adapt to and a big part of them is just being aware of the issues surrounding sustainability.
Simply understanding the effects your business has on the environment and being able to implement simple adaptations, can make a big difference.
Extra steps you can take to make a difference
Did you know that WRAP states 920,000 tonnes of food is wasted each year, 75% of which could have been avoided?
By the Hospitality Industry working alongside other organisations such as food banks, could help distribute food more effectively.
Also, UN water state that water scarcity is a worldwide problem, and it has been estimated demand for water could exceed supply by 40 percent by the year 2030.
So, it is vital for organisations to stop wasting water.
Encourage staff and customers to understand easy ways to save water! its as simple as only serving water when guests ask for it or making sure dishwashers and washing machines are full before setting them off!
What changes could you make today?