The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has certified Steelite International as an ‘approved supplier’ to the hospitality industry.
Steelite has become the first tableware manufacturer to achieve the SRA’s recognition for its commitment to sustainable business practices.
Director of the SRA Mark Linehan said: “We’re really impressed by Steelite’s dedication to sustainability, in particular its excellent recycling policy, and UK production in Stoke-on-Trent that uses locally sourced materials.
“Traditionally in the restaurant world, restaurateurs, chefs and consumers associate sustainability with the food on the plate without thinking about the plate on which it is served. Tableware is a crucial part of the whole dining experience and should be given the same level of consideration.”
This certification from the SRA isn’t the first time that Steelite’s sustainability credentials have been recognised. In 2010, the company received a Green Apple award for its Lamella system, which recovers clay solids from all of the factory’s waste water, enabling Steelite to manufacture 15,000 cups and saucers every week.
CEO of Steelite International Kevin Oakes said: “We’re really proud to be one of the remaining manufacturers at the heart of the potteries and, as the largest manufacturer in the UK, we take our environmental policy very seriously. We continually monitor and develop the way we do business to create minimum impact on the community and environment.”