Meet the brands that are doing their part for the environment by cutting down on single-use plastic and food waste
The sister company to Freedom Pizza, not only does healthy eatery Wildflower use eco-friendly packaging, they have also partnered with Sharjah-based Greenheart Organic Farms to support the local farmers market and offer fresh, local and organic ingredients to customers.
La Petite Maison has banned plastic straws in their Abu Dhabi and Dubai restaurants in favour of eco-friendly equivalents made from potato starch. The fine dining spot also aims to replace single-use plastic picks and drinks stirrers with stainless steel equivalents later this year.
Having recently won the Green Key Eco-Label Award, Rove Hotels are firmly on the path to full sustainability. And now, every Sunday, every customer who brings their plastic bottles into the hotel will receive money off their food in the Rove's cafe, The Daily. The hotel will send the bottles off to respective recycling initiatives in the UAE, where they will be turned into a variety of useful products, including buckets, tubs and mats.
Burj Khalifa' Armani Hotel Dubai has partnered Winnow, a tech firm that help chefs measure, monitor and dramatically reduce food waste. The hotel will lower their carbon footprint by following a structured program that will ultimately lead them to produce zero food waste.
Fine dining restaurant Zuma has eradicated the use of plastic straws in their Dubai and Abu Dhabi venues and replacing them with biodegradable paper straws. This initiative is rolling out across every Zuma branch globally.
Following the success of their #StopSucking campaign, The Noodle House are furthering their mission to change single-use wastage by offering Dubai diners who bring unwanted takeaway plastic cutlery to any of The Noodle House branches 50 percent off their food bill.
Jumeirah Restaurant Groups are taking steps towards saving our oceans with a company-wide ban on single-use plastic across all its food and beverage outlets, including Trattoria Toscana, 360°, Segreto and The Agency. “It is more important than ever that brands take responsibility for their part in creating a better world.” said Emma Banks, GM of Jumeirah Restaurant Group. “Removing plastic across our entire operation will see us playing our part in reducing the volume that is out there significantly damaging our environment and wildlife, which is something that must be taken into account all over the world.”
Freedom Pizza has gone totally plastic-free. Calling time on the unnecessary use of plastic, this UAE-based pizzeria have banned the use of plastic straws and plastic cutlery when sending out deliveries. Freedom also use recycled bags and napkins.
In a bid to free the ocean of plastic, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai's newly opened Basta! becomes the first restaurant in the Middle East to offer straws made entirely from pasta. "“Being someone who loves spending time in the ocean, I witness the consequences of our overuse of single-use plastic first hand. I like to think that by stopping the use of plastic straws, we are making a small mark right here in the UAE," says founder David Myers.