WA chefs asked to ‘Change Just One Thing’ in new WA campaign to reduce environmental waste in kitchens
WA chefs are being encouraged to make just one small change in their restaurant, bar or cafe to reduce environmental waste in an industry-wide hospitality campaign launching today.
The “Change Just One Thing” campaign, spearheaded by the WA Good Food Guide and Leeuwin Coast, aims to encourage kitchens across the State to adopt small changes that could make a big difference to the environment.
In a WA-first, the campaign, which will be officially launched at the WA Good Food Guide awards at Optus Stadium tonight, has identified three easy changes to improve sustainability.
They include replacing cling wrap with lock and seal containers, replacing single-use wipes with a more sustainable option, and implementing e-water or chemical-free cleaning systems.
Major hospitality suppliers, such as Hisco, Cambro and e-Water have joined the campaign to give discounts on products and services.
WA Good Food Guide director Georgia Moore said the “core” of the campaign was that the “collective impact of many venues making just once change can have a real consequence of our environment”.
“Being surrounded by the world class produce on offer in Western Australia reminds us every day of the importance of implementing sustainable practices across the hospitality industry to ensure we preserve our unique food culture for generations to come,” she said.
WA chef Melissa Palinkas, of Young George and Ethos Deli + Dining Room, who is known for leading the way with sustainable practices, said she believed a “single chance could perhaps educate others to follow suit”.
“I’ve witnessed so much waste and unsustainable practices in kitchens I’ve worked in, and restaurants I have dined in,” she said.
Paul Slaughter, the chief executive of the Harvest Road Group, of which Leeuwin Coast is a brand, said the campaign was a natural extension of the company’s own commitment to sustainability.
Environment Minister Reece Whitby said he encouraged all WA hospitality businesses to join the initiative.
“Together we can make a real difference,” he said.
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