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Wrapped: the environmentally-friendly way

Your fish and chips are wrapped in paper and your disposable forks are already wooden. So how do you go about taking the next steps to make your business even more eco-friendly?

Plastics polluting our oceans is big news and, as fish and chip shop and restaurant owners, it’s a big concern too. The Great British fish and chip industry has long been behind sustainable fishing and, now, many restaurants and shop owners are looking at how they can move forward with even more environmental conscience.

Alternatives to polystyrene packaging, plastic cups and drinking straws

If you have a restaurant with tables for dine-in customers, without doubt you should use crockery, rather than disposable dishes. For takeaways, though, this is not such an easy fix. And while fish and chips are often wrapped in paper, polystyrene packaging prevails.

A recent Accenture survey of 6,000 consumers across the globe found that, although we remain primarily focused on quality and price, 83% of people believe it’s important or extremely important for companies to design products that are meant to be reused or recycled.

The fish and chip industry is gradually heading toward bio boxes, cardboard trays and paper bags. These recyclable options can also be branded, bringing additional advertising opportunities with them.

Be aware, however, that not all ‘eco-friendly’ options are created equally. Paper straws have recently made headlines as, although technically they are made of recyclable materials, many recycling plants are yet to catch up with today’s requirements. While replacements may be difficult to find, every step towards plastic-free is a step in the right direction, so its wise to use the most eco-friendly options available at any given time.

Reduce food waste and clean green

Reducing food waste is a great way to be more eco-friendly, as well as helping you to raise your social responsibility game. You could compost surplus vegetables, but leftover fish and meat is less easy to dispose of. Donating in-date leftover food to local shelters could be one way of reducing your waste. Be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure the food you donate is fit for consumption.

Cleaning green, meanwhile, is an easy way to be more environmentally-conscious in your fish and chip shop. Using eco-friendly detergents is a great start. Take care that your hygiene responsibilities are still up to standard, though.

Making sure you keep your liabilities covered

As with any new or different products, practices and processes, it’s important to make sure you’re maintaining your health and safety obligations and that no one becomes ill or harmed when coming into contact with your business. Your public, products and employers’ liability insurance should cover you, so ensuring you’re well covered is important.

Whether you’re thinking about going green and you’d like to ensure you’re covered, or if you’d like a new quote for your fish and chip shop insurance, talk to Ryan’s today on 0800 093 3018. Alternatively, e-mail or visit

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