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Carbon Footprint Reduction

Our Effect

‌Our Environmental Commitment

As the University Catering and Retail Services Team, we take our responsibilities to the environment very seriously. As part of our commitment to the University's climate change emergency declaration, we're always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our sustainability.

One of our most recent achievements include switching to electric vehicles for our delivered food service, which has seen a drastic reduction in our emissions.

As well as working hard to ensure that our daily practices are as sustainable as possible, we have made the following environmental commitments‌:

Find out more about our environmental commitments on the main Catering & Retail Services webpages.


Our Suppliers

We are proud to work with some talented and passionate local suppliers who care about their impact on the environment.

Tarka Springs, who supply our water for the Fresh Ideas menus are a prime example. We've worked hard in recent years to reduce single-use plastic by encouraging customers to order less single plastic bottles for their meetings and events, but to opt for a water cooler, enabling delegates to refill non-plastic receptacles throughout the day. Where plastic bottles are ordered, we have invested, through Tarka Springs, in our own brand labelling, allowing us to promote the #PlasticFreeExeter message, reminding customers that a plastic bottle can be used many times before being recycled responsibly.

Tarka Springs themselves have aimed to operate in an eco-friendly way since their business began in 2001, with their environmental headlines including:

  • Sourcing all of their raw materials from manufacturers in the UK to lower their carbon foot print.
  • Installing solar panels to provide for electricity for their factories.
  • Any waste plastic or cardboard is baled and recycled.
  • Glass bottles are made from recycled glass and are 100% recyclable.
  • Plastic bottles are made from a light weight plastic (i.e less plastic in the bottle) and are also 100% recyclable.
  • Future plans include using an ‘R’ PET bottle which is a new concept: a plastic bottle made from recycled plastic.

Find out more about our responsible sourcing on the main Catering & Retail Services webpages.