Making Life Peachy for the Planet
Here at Peach, our mission is Making Life Peachy – for our guests, team, suppliers and planet.
From LED light bulbs, to food waste to ongoing recycling efforts, we make sure that not only are we trying our best to be green, but we make sure it’s easy for you to go green too.
While we think we do a lot, there is always more we can do and so please do get in touch with any new ideas and let’s make a green difference together. Here are a few of the things we currently do.
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
Being a pub company where the chefs cook from scratch, we generate a fair amount of food waste – the number 1 culprit in the hospitality industry. A total of 3,415,000 tonnes of waste is disposed of in the food sector every year and a whopping 41 per cent of the waste from pubs, restaurants and hotels is food waste.
First, our menus are designed to limit food waste and second, our team of talented chefs endeavour to use as much of each ingredient as possible in the kitchen.
We recycle unavoidable food waste – last year 295.68 tonnes – and it is disposed of within Anaerobic Digestion which processes food waste into methane to create energy for the national grid.
We reduce the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill by recycling what we can in the pubs – glass, plastic, paper and food.
Banning single-use plastic on our bars
Straws have been a hot topic for a while and we are proud to have been at the forefront of banning plastic straws. We only use paper straws and they’re provided on request.
We also don’t have any plastic bottles in our fridges and every drinks container can be recycled.
Our take-away coffee cups are 100 per cent compostable and made from 100 per cent sustainable sources. We encourage our guests to bring their own coffee cups in if they want to take their coffee away and we are always on hand to refill water bottles – you can even get ice and a slice!
Same Light, Less Energy
We reduce greenhouse gases by using LED light bulbs in a majority of fittings and are always looking at new ways to bring down our energy usage from timers and motion sensors to solar fairy lights in the garden.
We always serve the good stuff – free-range chicken, eggs, pork (sausages and bacon too), ice cream and sustainable fish (native where possible). We also like to make a real fuss of British fruit and veg in season – asparagus, strawberries, wild mushrooms. Our beef, lamb, pork and game are all British, reared, grown or caught by great farmers and fishermen.
We seek out local suppliers who have the same ethics as we do and have established some wonderful long-term relationships with many of them.
Where we can we bring on board suppliers who are giving back in their own way. Last year, our water supplier, Belu, generated £1,012,216 net profit for WaterAid bringing their total passed to WaterAid up to £4,053,207.
We want to make things better in the local communities we serve.
Our Managers are encouraged to build long-term relationships with schools, charities, community groups and residents. We are happy to host local events and support charities as best we can.
This year we will be fundraising for different charities quarterly with wooden money boxes on our bars – a great way to use up any loose change!
Equality & Inclusion
At Peach we believe in equality and inclusion. We are committed to equal pay and paying a good rate for all roles. One of the reasons we have three times been voted as a Top 50 Sunday Times Best Employer.
Our approach minimises discrimination, harassment and bullying and our support network includes membership to Hospitality in Action – a charity offering vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality across a range of issues.
Our gender pay gap for all employees at Peach is 5.06% – across the UK its 18.4% with the public sector coming in at 11%.
But we are not complacent and will aim for more improvement in coming years.
The Peach Foundation
One of our over-arching aims is to deliver the good stuff. Every time. And that doesn’t just mean what we serve in our pubs, it’s also how we treat people – our guests, our team – and our communities and planet. We have always been passionate about giving back and as we’ve developed and grown, our motivation to make the world a little better, a little peachier, has grown with us. The Peach Foundation, a non-profit organisation, was created in 2013 to help us do exactly that, aiming to improve communities and the future sustainability of our world. It is funded by fundraising within Peach, with a 25p contribution from every Superfood Salad sold in our pubs helping to raise funds. To date we have raised over £250,000 for good causes in Kenya.