As global citizens it is clear that we can no longer ignore our responsibility and response to sustainability concerns. We are part of an intricate and complex international society that requires considered action to ensure the sustainable development and success of our people and our planet.
Western Cape water crisis
Spur Corporation has made significant efforts to reduce water usage during the drought. A few ways in which some of our restaurants in the Western Cape are saving every last drop of water:
- Water-saving devices on taps and toilets
- Spray bottles instead of mop buckets
- Ice bucket water to mop the floors and clean dishes
- Water efficient dishwashers
- Alternatives to table linen and serviettes are used when necessary
- Water served in kids’ glasses or takeaway cups
- Wet wipes instead of finger bowls
- Bucket flushing systems and Permission Cubicles, where customers have permission not to flush
- Hand sanitisers to discourage the use of tap water
- Waterless urinals
- Installation of water tanks
- Water harvested from air conditioners
- Tap handles removed from non-essential taps
- Staff training to save water
Despite the water restrictions, health and hygiene in our restaurants remain a top priority and our potable water quality is never compromised.
Our packaging items contain relevant information to educate and encourage customers to recycle or dispose of takeaway containers and related items in a responsible manner.
All paper and carton used in our packaging items are sourced from well-managed sustainable resources. We source locally where possible and all the papers and inks used are recyclable and bio-degradable.
Our takeaway cartons are manufactured from FSC® Certified Klafold®, with water-based varnish and two or one colour print. Some of our brands make use of Begasse packaging, which is a plant-based material derived from cornstarch and is fully compostable and biodegradable. We also make use of vegetable-based Polylactic Acid (PLA), which is biodegradable.
We predominantly use paper bags, but some of our brands do still make use of plastic bags. We have taken care to ensure these items are fully recyclable and have kept the ink coverage low to increase the recycling value of the units.
The plastic bags are manufactured using, non-renewable, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and is locally produced and is fully recyclable. The bags contain a clear environmental message, which highlights the impact of these items on our oceans and showcases the merits of recycling.
Our procurement team is constantly exploring alternative materials to lessen environmental impact. Each of our brands has unique requirements and we have developed eco-friendly packaging made from sustainable and recyclable/biodegradable or compostable materials from well-managed, mostly sustainable resources, fit for purpose. We will continue to innovate and improve our efforts to support our strategy of building great, sustainable brands.
Ongoing projects and initiatives
Spur Corporation and our respective brands are committed to environmental sustainability and are continually striving to improve operations to limit environmental impact and operate well within the natural boundary.
Environmental sustainability is overseen by the environmental sustainability committee (“ESC”), including the implementation of sustainability policies and the tracking, measurement and verification of environmental data streams.
The Green Economics Toolkit educates and informs employees and franchisees about sustainable business practices and offers practical tips on minimising electricity usage, water consumption and waste production.
The green operations assessment measures franchisees’ environmental performance and, together with the eco-checklist, introduces environmental key performance indicators to enable monitoring and improve the understanding of the group’s total environmental impact.
Energy-saving initiatives have been implemented at group facilities. Energy monitoring systems have been installed at the Durban and Johannesburg regional offices and also at the new Cape Town office building.
Water use is tracked at the Cape Town and Johannesburg offices as well as at the Baker Street premises in Cape Town (décor manufacture, training centre and call centre) and the sauce manufacturing facility. Staff awareness programmes have been put in place to encourage water conservation and a water-saving training video was developed to support in-store communication to drive the water savings message.
Formal waste reduction and recycling programmes have been implemented at the group’s corporate offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and at the Baker Street premises in Cape Town. Detailed information on waste management has been included in the 2017 eco toolkit update, as well as in the digital green operations report and training videos.
Used cooking oil that is not disposed of in a responsible manner can clog drains, contaminate groundwater and affect plants and animals. The group pro-actively reports on oil usage and disposal and used oil collection data is included in the green operations report.
In 2018, our focus is on raising the profile of environmental sustainability to a strategic and future-proofing level, delivering training, ensuring the effective roll-out of the environmental policy, and developing programmes and training that can assist franchisees to reduce resource consumption and minimise waste.