Our commitment to the environment and our community.
We have been asked many times why we are not part of a green organization, and frankly the answer is simple: we have been doing the following practices before those organizations even existed or we were aware of them. We support their practices and mission. They are created to help small, medium and large companies transition. We applaud the green organizations, and want them to convert others who do not have the same focus as many companies in vancouver already do.
It’s not just the product you use, it’s also the culture you spread, the people you employ, and the practices you take home at the end of the day. Being a positive influence on the earth starts with our culture and goes forward from there. If you start with the right attitude, everything else falls into place.
From the start we have been focused on local proteins and suppliers. We didn’t change our business model to be green, we started with it. This, a simple practice, is something we do because it TASTES better, and it attracts better people to work and support our business.
Our main initiatives can be separated into the following categories:
Waste, Recycling and Pollution Reductions.
Energy and Fuel Consumption.
Smart Menu Development, Less Product Wastage.
Remember, as a business decision, many of the items listed below affect our bottom line. The costs to run the business are increased with these choices, but it is something we have always done and will continue to do so.
We support the following practices in our kitchen:
- Complex Recycling Program for plastics, cardboard, metal, and mixed media recycling.
- Green Waste Recycling.
- Paper Recycling – we have reduced our need to utilize many forms of paper. We rely on computers for production, and print when necessary. All paper used is 80% post consumer recycled. Low ink mode.
- Paper towels are 100% recycled paper.
- Tissue and Paper used in our washrooms are all made from recycled sources.
- All cleaning products (outside of bathroom sanitation) are eco-rated, and we use enzymes for our grease trap as opposed to harsh chemicals for cleaning.
- Employee outreach and training for when at events, on how to reduce our footprint from event to event and carpooling practices.
All of our ‘recyclable’ lunch program wares fall into the following – if recycled/paper is asked for.
- Bagasse starch recycled plates
- Platters are asked to be kept, they are reusable and recyclable
- Corn Starch and Potato Starch Forks / Knives
- Napkins are 100% recycled paper
- All boxes that sandwiches/wraps go in are made from 100% recycled sources / kraft
- Our wrapping paper on all lunch items is kraft, recycled paper.
- All clamshells are made from eco-century compostable/recyclable organic plant material
- All other platters and wares used are porcelain, reusable, and we take care of the washing and sanitisation of them so they can be rented out again
Heat, Water, Lighting, and Air Conditioning:
- All of our bulbs and lighting are smart save rated. Energy Star.
- Low-Temp drying dishwashers – same safe rating, lower temperature use means less power, and less water
- Low-flow sprayers in our dishpits
- Cooking oils are recycled weekly
Menu Development / Product:
1 All local proteins.
2 Seasonal produce rotation
3 House cured and created charcuterie (many items – less waste)
4Our menus only include Ocean Wise sustainable seafood
5Staff meals tailored around production.
6Support community and small business suppliers rather than conglomerates. Focus on local more than organic, as the footprint is less.
Our vehicles that we deliver in are low emitting, eco-fuel vehicles – including Ford Transits, Honda Elements, and Dodge Sprinters for larger jobs.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Savoury Chef Foods was one of the Pemberton Meadows Beef very first customers?
- We were early adopters of using eco cleaning products, and were often asked to test items out, or first customers that had asked to import certain items to use.
- We source multiple different suppliers to get the items we feel are the least impactful on our earth, but also the most practical. This is no easy task, and often we are left having to find new suppliers when the support is not there for a product we prefer to use but we love a challenge.