OUR ENVIRONMENTAL & COMMUNITY POLICY
HOW WE WORK
At Great Feast we’re hugely concerned about poverty, climate change and the devastating environmental issues the planet is facing. We’re also accepting and up front about the limitations of working in the business of delivering fresh and pre-prepared food.
That’s why we’re doing everything we can to be as sustainable as possible in everything we do within the confines of what’s legal, safe and technologically achievable. Our environmental and community policies are outlined here and we welcome any suggestions on how this can be improved. If you’d like to get in touch, please email Dom, our co-founder.
TACKLING FOOD POVERTY
The Great Feast was inspired by A Plate For London, a social enterprise launched by our co-founders Dom and Bejay at the start of the UK Covid-19 lockdown in order to feed Londoners living below the poverty line.
With the economic fallout of the lockdown set to be felt for years to come, A Plate For London will continue to feed those in need. Great Feast will be supporting this effort by matching every meal ordered with a donation to provide a meal for a person in need. You can find out more about the project, as well as donate, here.
The vast majority of our deliveries within a nine mile radius of central London (covering zones 1-3 and much of zone 4) are made using pedal-powered delivery bikes, which are of course zero emissions.
As we deliver food from central London restaurants across the capital and the UK, using pedal-power beyond this central London area is not possible. In this instance, we endeavour to ensure that all of the vehicles used by our delivery partners are electric-powered or low emission vehicles.
Working with food (including fresh meats and sauces) that need to be delivered safely and fully intact, the technology simply isn’t there to completely remove plastic packaging from use by our restaurant partners. That’s why we work on a three pillar plastic use policy: replace, reduce and recycle.
Replace: We ask that all of our restaurant partners replace plastic with recycled paper-based alternatives where possible. Unfortunately, this is simply not possible with fresh meats and sauces. We also ask that drinks partners opt for using glass bottles or cans rather than plastic bottles.
While we don’t discourage the use of plastic packaging that’s labelled as being biodegradable, we do not ask that our partners use this type of packaging. This is due to the fact that these products (including Vegware) only breakdown in industrial composting processes, but can often give people in the home the false impression that they can simply be thrown in the bin. Due to the lack of industrial composting sites in the UK, it means recycling plastic is often the better option in the home.
Reduce: We ask that our restaurant partners use as little plastic as possible in packaging. We ask that products are not placed inside two different plastic containers (eg plastic vacuum packaging followed by a plastic box). We also recommend that any fresh vegetables or fruits are not placed in plastic packaging.
Recycle: We ask all of our restaurant partners to use clear plastic. This is because clear plastic is by far the easiest to recycle, and does not run the risk of being rejected during the recycling process. We ask that all customers reuse plastic plastic containers where possible and once they are ready to dispose of it, to properly clean and place it in their recycling bin for collection, or take it to a recycling point.