Learn how we are taking action to protect the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.
We have three growing spaces within the University of Westminster grounds where we grow and harvest our vegetables and herbs. This provides shelter and food for our local wildlife, as well as healthy and sustainable food for our customers.
We offer reusable water bottles and coffee cups to our customers at low prices to do our part in reducing our waste production. Customers are offered a 20p discount on any hot drink when they bring their own cup as well as a free refill on our bottle-less juice range, Oranka, when purchasing our reusable water bottles.
We only use plant-based disposables products from our disposable cutlery, takeaway boxes, and even coffee cups in our 53.3 Degrees cafes. Our disposables are fully biodegradable and compostable, leaving no negative impact in the ocean compared to plastic based disposables.
plant-based food options
We proudly serve a range of vegetarian and vegan options in both our refectories and cafes ranging from vegan milks, sandwiches, pastries, salads, and hot meals. Our award-winning executive chef creates a variety of delicious dishes that aren't your average hummus and chips.
All of our staff receive environmental training each year to ensure that everyone is working towards our energy, water, and waste reduction goals. We also have Environmental Champions appointed for each campus who acts as the first point of contact for any concerns or questions regarding our environmental policies for staff and students.
We work closely with the UoW to ensure our operation meets the university's high environmental standards. This is achieved by keeping close contact with the university Sustainability Team, the Students' Union , and the student community.
We at EAT UOW are committed towards creating a sustainable catering operation. This means that not only do we think about reducing our energy, water, and waste consumption, we also make sure that the ingredients we use in our food is produced in a sustainable and ethical manner. Our various accreditations are proof of our commitments, and we are proud of the great achievements that we have made in the past few years. Take a look at our accreditations and achievements below.
accreditations & achievements
green kitchen standard
The Green Kitchen Standard is an accreditation from the Soil Association that awards sustainable catering operations looking at energy, water and waste. For customers this means eating somewhere that you know are going further to ensure they minimise their environmental impact. We at EAT UOW are two time winners from 2018 and 2019!
food for life served here
The Food for Life Served Here accreditation means meals cooked from scratch, using sustainable fish, free range eggs and ingredients that can be traced back to the farm. We are currently a Bronze award holder which means that we use locally sourced and ethical ingredients, that support our local economy and protect the environment.
red tractor assurance
We only use Red Tractor Assured meat at EAT UOW to ensure that our animals products come from UK farms that provide healthy environments for the animals with the right living space, food and water. Click the button below to learn more.
marine stewardship council
The Marine Stewardship Council accreditation recognises and rewards efforts to protect oceans and safeguard seafood supplies. All of the fish we serve at EAT UOW have been farmed sustainably, leaving minimal impact on the marine ecosystem.
good egg award
EAT UOW are winners of the Compassion in World Farming's Good Egg Award. This means that we only use cage-free eggs or egg products in the meals that we prepare. None of the eggs we use come from hens confined in barren battery cages