Whenever possible, we strive to use locally and ethically sourced meat, fruit and vegetables. Our seasonal and varied menus reflect that commitment together with our dedication to sustainably cater for all dietary requirements including gluten free and vegan options which are on offer daily.
When we go global for resources, the UON Ethical and Sustainable Procurement Policy ensures that we choose partners that follow our ethos and champion sustainability practices. This is evident in our recent switch to illy coffee, see here for full details of the illy coffee sustainability journey and why we decided to drink their coffee.
Our commitment to providing daily vegan menu options across all out outlets has been recognised through our recent Vegan Society Accreditation.
We are constantly looking at ways to reduce our food waste and promote sustainable consumption. We have signed up to the Guardians of Grub initiative which supports the monitoring and reporting of the food being wasted and enables us to find ways to reduce our overall food waste, this is done through sufficient portion sizes ensuring minimal waste from the plate and initiatives such as Too Good To Go.
In efforts to reduce waste from our catering outlets further we encourage students and staff to bring in their own reusable coffee cups and have a “latte levy” in place for times when a disposable cup is needed, this helps support the “Up for the Cup” coffee cup recycling project.
A recent audit of Single Use items in circulation has seen items removed from use, including sauce sachets. Our takeaway packaging is bio-degradable and only used for “on-the-go” options, crockery and cutlery is used when dining in.
To learn more about our catering and hospitality offering please visit our catering pages.