Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos. Find out the latest sustainability news, developments and information on our blog. We cover concepts like food waste, plastic-free, seasonality and much more.

 

World Environment Day: four ways to help reduce air pollution

June 5 marks World Environment Day and this year, the theme is air pollution. London is one of the world’s most affected cities, making it even more of a challenge for businesses and individuals to be sustainable. However, we’re not deterred – in fact, knowing that there’s plenty to do only encourages our efforts.  Over the last 16 years, we’ve had success with a number of initiatives. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Recycle everything

Reducing the amount of general waste that is incinerated can go a long way in improving our air quality.

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Avoiding food waste in the home

Did you know 7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK annually? Methane, the gas given off from rotting food, is 23 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, making it a huge contributor to climate change. In fact, if food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest contributor to climate change, after USA and China.

Many people worry about their carbon footprint without realising how much impact throwing old food away has. 

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Rosalind’s sustainability journey

Rosalind Rathouse

 

Rosalind Rathouse founded Cookery School in 2003. Here, she shares her journey to sustainability, a key part of the Cookery School ethos. 

The Cookery School sustainability journey really started before the school began sixteen years ago. My daughter, Kathryn, had encouraged me from early days to buy as much organic food as I was able to afford as organic produce was considered an expensive luxury. 

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Welcome to the Wild West End

Wild West End’s vision is to enhance biodiversity in the West End of London. Despite there being a considerable amount of green space in the city, there aren’t enough connections between them to protect the birds, bees and bats, among other wildlife. One of Wild West End’s main initiatives is to attract the Black Redstart and the House Sparrow, both species once common in London.

 

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Sustainable Tips for Sustainable Living

“Sustainability is highly embedded in Cookery School’s business strategy and its initiatives are among the best in the hospitality industry.”

– Sustainable Restaurant Association

Sustainable living runs through our veins, offsetting the higher cost of such things as renewable energy and eco-friendly detergents against their fundamental morals. Over 75% of ingredients are sourced locally and of organic status.

For anyone who wants to learn ways to integrate environmental practices within their food business,

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The Pity with Plastics

2018: People have woken up to the problem with plastics.  With jaw-dropping facts emerging almost daily, we now know that huge quantities of plastic (larger than a big rubbish truck) are being dumped into our oceans every minute and that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish, by weight. The irony is that the cost to clean up the sea is greater than the profits made by the plastic industry as a whole – what a dystopian economic landscape we’ve created.

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BRAND NEW CLASS: We’re tackling food waste!

Waste Not Want Not

We’re proud to announce the launch of our  ‘Waste Matters’ class which teaches people how to reduce waste in the kitchen, in light of the 7.3 million tonnes of food wasted in the UK annually. *

The class launches in September and covers how to use food which may be deemed waste but is perfectly edible.  You will learn how to repurpose leftovers and be more sustainable in the kitchen.

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International Women’s Day: Ros’ Triumph

It’s the 8th March, known to many as International Women’s Day – a celebration of the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women across the globe and a fine time to highlight Rosalind’s pioneering early days when she set up her first company, Piemaker. Piemaker specialised in making fine pies and cakes using traditional English recipes.

Coming as no surprise to anyone, Ros defiantly refused any ingredients that contained additives or preservatives –

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Happy 15th Birthday to us!

To celebrate our 15th birthday this February, we wanted to compile a list of 15 of our favourite Cookery School facts – but we got carried away!

 

Did you know…

 

ENVIRONMENTAL

1. We make sure that our suppliers deliver our produce in containers that we use again and again so to eliminate one-use plastics. We store all our food in glass containers and never use cling film!

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