Equipment to help hospitality businesses stay sustainable

From the build and design of your hospitality business to the way you dispose of your waste, here are a few equipment ideas to keep your restaurant, pub or hotel more sustainable.

Decorate premises with sustainable wood

An environmentally-friendly yet attractive alternative to tropical hardwood is to be distributed in the UK, for hospitality operators looking to decorate their business sustainably and with style.

Kebony is the first sustainable substitute for tropical hardwood, the harvesting of which sees the loss of six million hectares of rainforest each year.

Using the revolutionary process of Kebonization, sustainable wood species such as Southern Yellow Pine are given similar properties to the much sought after but unethically-produced tropical hardwood. The result is an attractive, low-maintenance, durable and environmentally-friendly material that works well as tables, flooring, bar tops, and decking.

Christian Jebsen, chief executive of Kebony, said: “This technology provides a global eco-solution to the major environmental challenge of rain forest deforestation.”

Eco-friendly food waste disposal

Mechline’s GohBio food waste decomposition system can not only help catering businesses run more sustainably, but can cut waste disposal costs too.

By using natural microorganisms to break up to 680kgs of food waste down into a non-toxic liquid that is safe to pour down the drain in just 24 hours, the GohBio is a responsible, cheap and economic alternative to throwing waste out for collection.

The winner of the Catering Equipment Suppliers’ Association’s 2009 Sustainability award, GohBio can not only reduce landfill usage and waste disposal costs, but also help businesses improve hygiene in the kitchen, reducing odour and vermin problems.

Second-hand and reconditioned catering equipment

Reconditioned catering equipment supplier CaterQuip, can save businesses up to 60 per cent on buying new, as well as reducing their impact on the environment.

By purchasing second hand, ex demonstration and reconditioned equipment that has been tested, cleaned and restored to an acceptable standard, caterers can help reduce the impact manufacturing new models has on the environment.

Caterers can purchase a range of second-hand equipment from CaterQuip, including refrigeration, warewashing, ovens, and extraction units.

CaterQuip also works to ensure its impact on the environment is as minimal as possible, by trialling the use of baking soda as a cleaning substance rather than using heavy and dangerous chemicals, improving staff training and environmental awareness, and the investment in improved insulation at its warehouse in Peterborough.

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