Environment and Sustainability

Green Impact logos

Our commitment to be more sustainable

We have the following policies in place:

  • We have replaced all plastic cutlery items with wooden alternatives. 
  • All disposable polystyrene takeaway boxes have been  replaced with recyclable cardboard versions. 
  • All plastic straws have been replaced with paper ones (unless drink comes with a straw)
  • We will have reusable mugs available to buy from Salfood Costa & Starbucks outlets.
  • We will continue to offer customers 20p off their hot or cold beverage if they bring their own mug or cup. 
  • Free waste coffee grounds are going to be available for customers to take away for their own use from Crescent Café. 
  • The tea and coffee used for the majority of Hospitality events are either Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance (excludes Nescafe sachets). 
  • Our Costa coffee outlets only use beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. Starbucks coffee is 100% Fairtrade Certified.  
  • We support Fairtrade with a number of products for sale
  • We have a zero waste shop in Allerton where customers can bring their own container, or use a paper bag, and purchase loose ingredients and foods - as much or as little as needed
  • We use the Too Good To Go App for waste food daily, to be collected from Broadwalk Store
  • We donate and support local charities with food donations where possible
  • We work closely with the Uni on waste management and recycling

Salfood were a Platinum Green Impact Award winner in Dec 2019 and were also awarded the Best Improved Team Award by the University Sustainability Team.


Our aims and responsibilities

Our aim is to grow sustainably to add long term value to our customers and our business.
Our Corporate Responsibility plan allows us to not only minimise our business risks but also positively influence our society, our environment and our economy.

Fair trade

We donate a percentage of our Fairtrade sales to EATFAIR – our Compass-founded Fairtrade Foundation supporting coffee farmers and their families in developing countries. All our bananas are Fairtrade!

Sustainable fish

We do not use any fish from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) 'Fish to Avoid' list; all our fish comes from well-managed marine sources.

Animal welfare

We do not buy products that don’t adhere to the ‘Five Freedoms’ concept proposed by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWS) on the protection of animals kept for farming purposes.

Calorie reduction

By switching from using butter to Flora Buttery we have removed 45 tonnes of saturated fat and 100 million calories from our recipes.