Sustainable practices 'can help secure eco-recognition'
Restaurants that offer takeaway options not to mention a number of sustainable food practices - could gain a new environmental certification, according to a piece in the Evening Standard.
It suggests issuing doggy bags plus cheap prices for smaller portions will be considered by many establishments as a means of cutting food waste.
The newspaper claims its Water on Tap campaign has partly been the inspiration behind new eco-ratings from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).
These will rank eateries according to their consumption of resources and give the best restaurants a Michelin-style accolade.
Other eco-friendly criteria are the inclusion of English wines on the menu and the sourcing of free range or organic eggs.
Giles Gibbons, founder of the SRA, is quoted by the publication as saying: "A satisfying meal is not just about taste, people also want to feel comfortable about where the food has come from. People want guilt-free eating."
Applications for the organisation's accredited ratings system are available to both independent and chain establishments.