Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to promote and share a compassionate animal-friendly lifestyle through great tasting, organic fairly traded vegan food whilst maintaining a competitive edge in the street food scene by creating innovative menus and marketing campaigns.
Equally important is that we build and maintain a social, ethical, sustainable and environmentally conscious relationship with our customers, suppliers, partners, community and our planet.
The Vegan Grindhouse Sustainability Policy
Sustainability is important to our business and even forms part of our mission statement.
“Our mission is to promote and share a compassionate, animal-friendly lifestyle through great tasting, organic, fairly traded vegan food whilst maintaining a competitive edge in the street food scene by creating innovative menus and marketing campaigns.
Equally important is that we build and maintain a social, ethical, sustainable and environmentally conscious relationship with our customers, suppliers, partners, community and our planet.”
Sustainability, to us, means having the least detrimental impact on our local and global environment whilst being able to operate, develop and grow our business in a competitive industry.
This is what we are currently doing as a business:
- All of the food and drink we source, create and sell is plant-based. Meat is the single most resource intensive food on the planet. Our land, water, ozone, habitat and air are all suffering horrifying effects from meat and animal production. For example, meat production requires 11.5 times as much land, 15.2 times as much water, 13 times more fossil fuels, and 6 times as many biocides as soy production.*
- All of the products we use in our business, for example cleaning products, are vegan, eco-friendly and are not tested on animals. This has less impact on the environment.
- We locally source our ingredients, where possible, from other small businesses which results in less packaging, food miles and preservatives whilst supporting local businesses.
- Products which can not be locally sourced are sourced from ethically sound suppliers such as Suma Coop. These companies have the objective of creating and maintaining sustainable jobs and generating wealth, to improve the quality of life of the worker-members, dignify human work, allow workers' democratic self-management and promote community and local development.
- Where possible we buy ingredients which are organic and fairly traded. This results in less chemicals in the food chain, environment and ensures sustainability for the growers and producers.
- All of our packaging is made from recycled materials and is either biodegradable or recyclable. This results in less landfill.
- Where possible we have recycled or upcycled items for our work environment such as our griddle and boiler. This prevents these items ending up in landfill and is less wasteful and less harmful to the environment than producing these items from new.
- During the production of our food items we ensure any recyclable packaging is recycled in the appropriate manner and any non-recyclable items are repurposed or disposed of responsibly.
- When financially possible we donate a percentage of our profits to UK based animal charities in order to be socially responsible and to promote the work these organisations do and how it aligns with our company ethos and our mission statement.
- The majority of our trade is within our home county. This provides a service to our local communities and reduces the environmental impact caused by driving long distances.
- A by-product of our work is the promotion and education about veganism/vegetarianism which in turn promotes sustainability.
- Our uniforms and promotional material use vegetable dyes and organic/recycled materials which results in less harmful chemicals entering the environment.
- Most of our marketing is done through social media rather than print media resulting in less physical waste and paper usage.
- We donate any leftover food to local homeless charities/soup kitchens to benefit community members and reduce wastage.
- Where possible we ensure our suppliers also have environmental and sustainability policies in line with our own. Where this is not possible we aim to educate our partners about sustainable trading.
- We are developing relationships with local food growers in order to be able to source ingredients from within our county in the future.
As a business we will revisit and review this policy on an regular basis with a goal of continuously improving our sustainability and environmental impact.
*Data from “Meat Production's Environmental Toll” - Toronto Vegetarian Association