Real Food

Savor the flavors of everyday real food, fresh from the garden or stored on your pantry shelves.

Sustainable Restaurant Association Greens Dining in the United Kingdom

4/8/2010 2:05:25 PM

Tags: restaurants, sustainable food, sustainable restaurants, sustainable businesses, local menus, local food, seasonal menus, seasonal food, SRA accreditation, GRA certification

SRA Cupcakes

Founded by a team of sustainable business CEOs, restaurateurs and renowned chefs, the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) officially celebrated its launch March 1, with eco-friendly drinks and canapés, and the goal of accrediting restaurants in the United Kingdom who pledge to achieve their sustainable food service establishment standards.

Like the U.S. based Green Restaurant Association (GRA), which launched in 1990, the SRA provides a rating system patrons can consult when choosing where to dine.

In order to become accredited, restaurants request an audit which evaluates three primary issues: “sourcing, environment and society.” Under these broad categories are 14 specific topics, which include inquiries about choices such as purchasing ethical meat and dairy products, choosing fair trade coffee, monitoring energy use, supporting community charities and serving tap water. 

Based on these criteria, UK restaurants can receive a bronze, silver or gold window sticker to display, and be listed in the SRA’s partner guides as a sustainable restaurant. 

Above: These cupcakes, served at the SRA launch party, are from Violet, a bakery in East London. They're frosted with organic vanilla bean or grape buttercream icing. The artist preserves the grapes when they're in season and uses them throughout the year. Photo © www.thesra.org



Related Content

Puyallup Speaker Spotlight: Ann Larkin Hansen

Ann Larkin Hansen of Storey Publishing will present four workshops on sustainable farming and bugs a...

Local Investment, Green Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Economies

A list of links to orgs, associations, websites, books, and other resources related to local economi...

Building a Sustainable Farm Business Operation

You can start a productive small farm business rather quickly if you use a business operations appro...

Have It Your Way

Be aware: Living sustainably can be hindered by homeowner association rules.

Content Tools
RSS




Post a comment below.

 

MY COMMUNITY









Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.