Carbon Free Dining, you're probably thinking to yourself what is that?
Allow me to tell you all about it. Carbon Free Dining is an amazing sustainability initiative for restaurants, managed by The United Nations environment tree planting partner, The Green Earth Appeal. This initiative adds another dimension to the dining experience, for the customers and the staff.
We’ve all heard the saying ‘from a tiny seed grows a mighty tree’ well this saying could not be any more true. For each bill that is presented in a Carbon Free Dining Certified restaurants an optional 99p micro donation will be added to that bill.
This 99p will guarantees that a single fruit tree is planted in the developing world. The tree will counterbalance the environmental impact of the meal, the carbon footprint is offset and the restaurant and the diners help end poverty in the developing word. 99p doesn't sound a lot but it can feed an entire family in some of poorest communities in the world. It will provide a source of income, reforestation and will change lives for generations to come. By simply planting a single fruit tree, you are helping end their dependence on unsustainable aid.
We are happy to have restaurants signed up to Carbon Free Dining all over the country as well as in Europe and the US. And we are proud to have some of the industry’s biggest names supporting Carbon Free Dining in their restaurants such as Marco Pierre White, James Martin, Marcus Wareing and Cyrus Todiwala.
And thanks to the help of these chefs and our restaurant partners, in 2019 we hit a monumental milestone of 1 million trees. Trees that will help heal the world and change peoples lives for the better.
The communities that the fruit tree will be going to help are some of the hardest working people in the world.
Why? Because they have to be, they have no other choice. Give them a seed and you will be amazed by what they can do with that one single seed. Like Jacks magic beans, these seeds are magic to them. We see a seed and not really think much of it but when they see a seed they see a world of possibilities, an increase in their standard of living, an end to hunger, a new way of life, a brighter, happier future for them and their family and their community. The fruit will nourish them, the surplus will provide them with a source of income. This will enabling them to do stuff that we take for granted on a daily basis such as clean drinking water and education for children. These communities don’t need or want us to do the work for them, all they need is a helping hand, the tools to get started and with pure determination and dedication, they will do the rest.
A tree is a lot more than a giant piece of wood, towering over everything or a massive toothpick for a beaver and its not just one of Mother nature’s beautiful gift to the world, a tree is also a giver of life and he who plants trees loves others beside himself!
This is why I am so proud to be an ambassador for Carbon Free Dining. And you the diner or the restaurant could also be part of this truly amazing story. Together we can help the environment and also provide a better life for people less fortunate than us one meal at a time.
So next time you go out to eat ask yourself will my meal have a positive impact on the environment, will it help people in need?
Could you the restaurant do more to counterbalance the carbon footprint? Would you like to enhance your diners experience? If you answered yes to both of these questions then click on the link to start your journey on becoming a more sustainable restaurant or get in touch with me via my contact page.