Sustainability

More Beauty, Less Harm

Safe and ethical sourcing, recycling, composting and community engagement form part of who we are and how we think. The waste a city generates is staggering, so we see every sustainable action as positive. From the 144 solar panels on our roof generating a third of our power, to the fish we buy, the 100% bio-degradable disposables we use and the 13 tons of organic waste we compost each year, our program is designed to reduce harm and inspire ourselves to think about the actions we take every day.

Our Commitment to the Environment

We think about sustainability and how it applies to our creative business. When we buy fresh food we think about how its
delivered: will the fish supplier take back the styrofoam, will the fruit supplier accept their boxes back with the next delivery (they do) When we dispose of waste we do so mindful of our local environment and the broader community – see our recycling program below. We follow and promote open and transparent practices that reduce the environmental impacts of all our activities, and we help our clients, suppliers and partners do the same.

In practice this means writing menus to seasonal produce and buying locally and organically where possible, with a balance of imported fair trade products ensuring farmers and growers in other countries are properly compensated and supported for their labour.

We quietly write plant based food into all our menus – no need to make a fuss, we just do it.

We think about animal welfare in the production of our food. For example, we use free range eggs and poultry, our grass fed beef comes from cattle running in paddocks rather than trapped in feedlots.

Local Suppliers or Supporting Third World Growers?

This is a big city and yet, quietly and with artisan pride local producers arise, honey from rooftops in Marrickville, re-useable wine kegs from Sparrow and Vine, mushrooms from Li Sun in old train tunnels in Mittagong (worth seeing!). Further afield we love Alto Olives from Crookwell and the Australian Native Food Revolution of Warndu. These are our Big City: Handmade kind of producers.

We also support third world growers of coffee, tea and cocoa. All of our coffee is organic and is certified as 100% “Fair Trade”.
This certification system ensures the workers and communities in these coffee plantations are treated fairly, and receive a fair price for their coffee.

We ensure our suppliers support the four ILO Core Labour Standards (Effective Abolition of Child Labour; Elimination of
Discrimination in Employment and Occupation; Elimination of All Forms of Forced or Compulsory Labour; and Freedom of
Association and the Effective Recognition of the Right to Collective Bargaining) as expressed in the Fundamental ILO
Conventions (87, 98. 29. 105, 100. 111. 138 & 182). Which leads us to our or people…

Our Commitment to People

As an equal opportunity employer, Gastronomy does not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, age, marital status, religion, culture, or physical difference. We are male and female run business with Gastronomy recognises that different individuals have cultural or religious parameters preventing the consumption of certain foods and prevent work on certain days. These essential differences between individuals are celebrated in their diversity, and in no way
hinder employment within the company.

When a new position is advertised, all employees have the right to compete for it and have an equal chance based on their
performance, attitude and ability.

Recycling

We work in an industry where a large amount of refuse is produced. This generally falls into 5 different categories: compostable organic waste; lipids; glass, aluminium and paper; plastics and electronic and mixed waste

Compostable organic waste: All non-animal matter from our main kitchen is composted which averages out at 35 kg a day
of vegetable and fruit peelings, disposable plates, shredded paper, egg cartons, paper towels, egg shells and coffee
grounds (admittedly the egg shells are animal matter!). This 13 tons of material composts down to about 900 kilos of rich, life
giving compost each year which goes into our herb beds and onto the gardens of our complex in Alexandria. The once
barren industrial estate is slowly becoming a mini green haven for bees, birds, and most importantly, the herbs we cook with.
The disposables we use for outdoor functions are biodegradable. So, rather than plastic cutlery we use wooden or
cornstarch cutlery and plates are unbleached paper or bamboo or sugar cane fibre (such as the BioPak range).

Lipids: Waste oils and fats are picked up from our premises and recycled as soaps.

Glass, paper, aluminium cans and electronic waste: these are collected, categorised and recycled accordingly. Old
computers, appliances and printers, yes, we take them to the City of Sydney e-waste. We love you City of Sydney!

Plastics: PET plastics are recycled but to be honest, we prefer reusable containers wherever possible. We actively
recommend conferences and events use our water dispensers and glasses rather than individual water bottles, and estimate
that we have cut individual plastic water bottle consumption by about 9000 bottles a year. To be clear, we still use PET
bottles, sometimes there’s no choice. But we’re pretty happy with the 9000 glasses of water served that used to be served in
throwaway bottles! Wherever possible we try to minimise the use of non-recyclable plastic by re-using containers. Most
polystyrene containers are returned to suppliers upon delivery and we have invested in washable mid density polypropylene
cold boxes to replace polystyrene in our transport of chilled food.

Mixed waste: And then there’s everything that’s left. Dirty plastics, meat scraps and bones, cling wrap, packaging, used
rubber gloves. That’s life in the big city but we’re working on it!

We’ve had several goes at finding a product to replace the miles of clingwrap we use every year but to no avail, so if
anybody has a biodegradable wrap that actually sticks, stretches, can wrap tightly and doesn’t break down when its
wrapping something wet or acidic, we’d love to know.

Awards

We are the proud recipient of The UNSW Environmental Achievement & Leadership Awards, which recognises outstanding environmental initiative and the NSW MEA Corporate Social Responsibility Award

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