15 Hatfields - venue and events catering
"As a part of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, we have a strong commitment to buying food that is healthier, safer and sustainably sourced. Our rigorous procurement policy means that all our suppliers - including our principle food supplier Eden Catering - share our approach to sustainability, support the environment and invest in ethical practice for example by purchasing meat and dairy which has been produced to a high level of animal welfare. We strongly support the food legacy initiative, and look forward to working with the Food Legacy programme to encourage all organisations to adopt high standards of sustainability."
Warren Campbell, General Manager of 15Hatfields
At the 15Hatfields venue, sustainability is at the heart of everything that they do, from the carpets guests walk on to the coffee that they drink - the organisers have thought of everything. The 15Hatfields approach to sustainability encompasses human wellbeing as well as the environment. And this includes food. The 15Hatfields caterers – Eden – are located just around the corner from the venue and also have sustainability at the core of their own business. All of the food is ethically and (where possible) locally sourced. All teas and coffees are Fairtrade, as well as the biscuits. The milk served throughout the building is all English and organic. Importantly, staff are also environmentally aware and trained in environmental principles and good practice.
As well as the impressive commitments to sustainable food, below is a list of the many things that 15Hatfields have done and are doing towards their goal of becoming "London’s most sustainable venue":
- All carpets are made from goat’s hair with natural dyes and natural rubber backing making them fully compostable.
- All furniture uses only natural dyes and 100% compostable fabric.
- The wood veneers around the building are all from UK FSC certified forests.
- The MDF used in the build was sourced from a disused power plant.
- The stone on the wall is off-cuts from paving slabs and was quarried in Bedford.
- The floor tiles are also sourced from within the UK.
- The reception desk and the bar are made from recycled plastics.
- The cushions and the banquettes are made from end-of-the-line seatbelts.
- The paint used throughout the venue is all clay based which is better for both human and environmental health.
- The lights in the washrooms and the kitchen are all motion sensitive to enable energy to be saved when they’re not in use.
- Spray taps and dual flush toilets save water.
- All electrical equipment is triple A rated.
- 15Hatfield's electricity is certified to be from 100% renewable sources.
- The venue has a comprehensive recycling policy with compartmentalised bins for different recyclables located throughout the venue and the building.
- All food waste is composted and donated to local projects.
- All bottled water is produced on site with their own carbonation and filtration system, using reusable glass bottles.
- All glassware is 100% recycled.
- All crockery is made in the UK.
- All cutlery has an average of 90% recycled content.
- Notepads and other printed material are all on 100% recycled paper.
- Pens are made from recycled CD cases, coasters from recycled tyres, heat mats from recycled plastic coffee cups.
- Any unwanted equipment is donated to local schools and charities wherever possible.
- The organisation is BS8901 (a British Standard for sustainable events) compliant.
- They have just installed HD video conferencing technology to enable interactive meetings to be held with people across the globe without the need for excessive travel, reducing the carbon footprint of the event.
- As part of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) a registered charity, all profits made are donated back to the charity each year, as a social enterprise venue. The donation is used to help raise awareness of climate change and public health issues.
- All AV equipment is held on site, reducing delivery costs and reducing emissions for non essential additional deliveries from suppliers, saving money and reducing carbon emissions.
Find out more about 15Hatfields: www.15hatfields.com
Food Legacy: The campaign, launched October 2011, is inspired by the London 2012 Food Vision adopted by the organisers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Food Legacy asks caterers, restaurants, event organisers and hospitality organisations to commit publicly to taking steps to improve the healthiness, ethics and sustainability of the food they serve.
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