Adopting a zero waste approach is helping us prevent the amount of waste that is burnt, buried or discharged into the ocean.
Linear modes of consumption based on a ‘take-make-dispose pattern’ create high levels of waste and environmental impact. Although preferable to other modes of disposal, recycling is energy-intensive and cannot be the only solution; we support the more holistic practices provided by a circular economy, which emphasises the conservation and re-use of resources throughout multiple product life cycles. That’s why we have taken the time to build a network of local partners, specialist repair shops and craftsmen, as well as employing maintenance workers within our team, to help us repair and extend the life of the items we use.
We also measure our waste which makes us more mindful and helps us set targets for reducing it.
This approach means less environmental impact, less resources and energy used. Big or small, every effort makes a difference. Getting to zero waste is not an easy thing to achieve particularly when it comes to maintaining food hygiene standards but we are committed to pursuing it as a long term goal and our current efforts include:
Repair and reuse
Repairing white appliances instead of buying new.
The repair and upcycle of furniture.
Buying high quality items, which will last a long time, and even if it is more expensive, repairing rather than replacing.
Encouraging staff to repair ski wear instead of buying new.