Here are some statistics on the effects of sustainability in the food industry
So the food industry can play a big part in reversing current sustainability trends. Some of the key factors in determining the sustainability of a restaurant or food takeaway service are:
There are benefits to sustainable food production in addition to combating climate change.
The foods that cause the lowest greenhouse gas emissions happen to also be the most nutritious. Eating a plant-based diet could save the lives of more than 10 million people a year.
Food production is the largest factor threatening species with extinction. Switching to more resource-efficient plant food sources would result in a lot of lives saved.
Over half of the world’s inhabitable land is used for agriculture. This could be reduced by 75% if everyone moved towards a plant-based diet.
We are serious about the impact we have on our environment, and have developed practices and partnerships to minimise it.
Over the years we have been reducing our plastic use as much as possible. We've replaced single-use with more Earth-friendly materials such as bagasse boxes made from sugarcane pulp. Our forks are made from wood and our branded bags made from easily recyclable paper.
We try to encourage lights being switched off when not in use, extra equipment off during quiet times and water to be used efficiently with minimal waste.
We make sure that our used cooking oil doesn’t go to waste. That’s why we use companies with glowing sustainability practices that recycle waste oil and turn it into biofuel to be used again.
Sustainable packaging is great, but NO packaging is even better! Our lovely customers get 10% off their order if they bring their own Tupperware.
We like to shop around! We’re always searching for the best eco-friendly energy companies, water suppliers and businesses to work with.
Klimato is a company we use that helps restaurants reduce their climate impact from food by calculating carbon emissions for each dish and having it on display for customers to make climate-friendly choices.
Two of our favourites are Toast who are combating food waste by using surplus bread to make delicious beer, and Fauna who donate profits to wildlife conservation charities.
We are serious when it comes to food waste. Our teams are trained to know how to minimise waste and use only what is needed. Our prep precision game is strong!
Eating a plant-based diet is said to be the number one way to help the planet by greatly reducing energy expenditure, reducing emissions and of course not causing harm to other living beings.
It's not too late to shift current food production and consumption patterns towards a sustainable future. What The Pitta is now one of a number of shops offering an ethical twist on a beloved classic. When you pop in to one of our stores, you can still enjoy all the taste but with the added satisfaction of knowing that you’re also helping to save the planet.