In 2018 an environmental committee was established which is chaired by a company Director and consists of a representative from each part of the business: Office, Kitchen and Back of House. The committee meets 4 times a year and agrees a range of actions which are communicated through posters and meeting minutes.
Our Food Philosophy
By Word of Mouth provides exquisite food using exceptional, seasonal ingredients. We believe that we have a duty to buy ethically and responsibly with a focus on animal welfare, sustainability and limiting damage to the environment. We are signed members to the Sustainable Fish City Pledge and the Cage Free Eggs pledge.
We have strong relationships with many small, independent suppliers who share our values and we buy British and seek named farm meats wherever possible and we are happy to source organic ingredients (when in season) on request.
Whilst By Word of Mouth is committed to meeting the varying demands for regional and sustainably sourced produce, we are also working hard to minimise our impact on the environment by reducing food miles and using local suppliers where possible.
By Word of Mouth designs our menus based on seasonality with a focus on providing locally grown seasonal produce. We recognise that not every product can be grown locally and there is a limited range which means consumer demand cannot always be met. As such we have developed a strategy to source produce on a regional basis, working with our current supplier base to focus on provenance and sustainability, building long-term relationships with producers who safeguard the future of UK farming.
We use Fairtrade products primarily with regards to fruit and vegetables. Our policy is to use Fairtrade where at all possible.
We actively pursue a policy of traceability with all our ingredients to ensure quality and where possible sustainability.
All our company vans are Euro Class 4 to ensure low emissions. Our employees are encouraged to use public transport or cycle (we provide the cycle to work scheme) where possible and fleet cars are purchased with a focus on ensuring low emissions. We are in the process of phasing out diesel company cars for low emission or electric vehicles. In additional our delivery strategy is based around minimising the number of deliveries, vehicles and time spent on the road.
We are encouraging our core food distributors to introduce multi-temperature vehicles, which allows ambient and chilled goods to be delivered together, rather than using a separate vehicle for each.
Duty staff are required to carry out a check list at the start and end of the day ensuring that lights, equipment and taps are turned off when not in use. We have invested in new energy efficient equipment including boilers, commercial ovens and dryers which contributes to significantly improving our energy efficiency and in 2019 we overhauled our lighting system moving from fluorescent lighting strips to energy saving LED.
Our energy consumption is monitored on an annual basis and demonstrated below.
|UTLILITY||2019||2018||Reduction KW on prior year|
|Electricity consumption (KW)||155,887||181,761||25,874|
|Gas consumption ( KWH)||82,088||93,018||10,930|
|Water Consumption (m3)||891||998||107|
|Overall Waste (kg)||37,193||62,356||25,163|
|Unit 26 Electricity||2019||2018|
|2018 – 6139||3,731||6,139||2,408|
|2019 – 3731|
|Unit 27 Electricity||2019||2018||2,005|
By Word of Mouth recognises the impact of plastic on the environment and we are committed to ensuring its use only when absolutely necessary. Areas we have identified where plastic must be used and no suitable alternative is currently available is the use of bin liners for the safe disposal of waste and health and safety flooring to provide a safe working environment for our employees and to protect the fabric of the building. This is a requirement from the majority of venues at which we operate.
We understand the impact of this on the environment and as such we advise our employees against the excessive or unnecessary use of single use plastic. We do ensure that we use strong bin liners in order to avoid “double bagging”.
When serving cocktails we advise our guests about the impact of straws on the environment. Where straws are required we are committed to the use of either biodegradable or paper straws.
Recycling and Waste Management
By Word of Mouth utilises the services of Grundon Waste to manage the disposal of our waste products. 2019 compared to 2018 saw an overall reduction in total waste of 25,163 kilos.
By Word of Mouth is committed to reduce the landfill waste through recycling and the safe disposal of food and oil. As such we have processes in place to recycle the following items:
- Food waste is separated at our CPU and sent to a specialist Anaerobic Digestion Facility where it is processed into biogas and fertilizer and used for agricultural and land regeneration.
- On events By Word of Mouth provides food waste bins to separate food from non-recyclable items. This is then transferred to our food bins at our CPU.
These items are separated at our CPU and on site at events and sent for recycling.
- We have a contract in place for the collection of cooking oil which is then converted into renewable energy.