Wiltons is the first UK restaurant to join the Chefs Against Plastic Waste (CAPW) Campaign and is the only UK restaurants to take delivery of chefs’ jackets made from recycled plastic bottles, some of which have been pulled from our very own waters around the British Isles. Founded by Continental Chef Supplies, the Chefs Against Plastic Waste Campaign aims to help reduce plastic consumption in the hospitality industry by reusing bottles to make the jackets.
The Chefs Against Plastic Waste campaign hopes to raise awareness of the problem of avoidable wastefulness in the industry. “Waste is only waste if you don’t do something with it, regardless of whether it’s plastic or anything else,” said Paul Brown, Managing Director of CCS.
“We are delighted that Wiltons are the first restaurant to join our Chefs Against Plastic Waste Campaign and by making one small change, they are reducing their plastic waste, helping the environment, and maintaining our food chain. Having such a prestigious and popular restaurant join our campaign is great to see and we hope that many more will chefs/restaurants will follow,” Paul added.
Already reducing plastic waste in multiple ways, Wiltons Head Chef Daniel Kent was inspired to help the renowned, established and traditional London restaurant to go green after seeing the problem of plastic waste first hand. “I was on a beach in Thailand, and every morning the staff would come out and clear all the plastic bottles and debris that washed ashore onto the beach. I felt really upset that this was happening to the coastline there and to ours in the UK, too.”
He then immediately started looking at ways to eliminate plastic waste. The restaurant stopped using plastic drinking bottles, requested suppliers to deliver in reusable crates instead of cardboard boxes and replaced the straws at the bar with paper versions.
Wiltons is leading the way, but Head Chef Daniel Kent hopes that other restaurants in London will follow its lead by joining the Chefs Against Plastic Waste campaign, trying the jackets and reducing plastic waste throughout the restaurant procuring and serving processes. CCS offers a range of chefs clothing that is award-winning, high quality, and made entirely from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Not only are the jackets made from plastic, they combat the micro-fibre problem that is also polluting our oceans.