2nd July 2020

Plastic Free North Devon Champions

Proud to be a Plastic Free North Devon Champion

Here at The Royal & Fortescue Hotel keeping our carbon footprint down and reducing plastic waste is very important, we pride ourselves to reduce as much plastic waste as possible and make sure our hotel is as environmentally friendly as possible. As part of Plastic Free North Devon Champions we want to make sure our hotel is ever evolving and changing to be the best it can be. 

Ella, one of our dedicated waitresses in our bistro has been working hard behind the scenes to put together our proposal, finalise our plans, securing becoming Plastic Free Champions and continues to look at new ways our hotel can improve on our plastic waste. 

Our Actions to date: 

● Paper or biodegradable straws 

● Recycle all card, food containers, glass bottles

 ● Cold drinks are in glass bottles e.g. water, Frobisher’s, cola, Luscombe

● Support local businesses:

- Fruit and Vegetables are sourced from John Patts

- Bread is baked by East and West Bakery in Barnstaple, just a walk up the high street from our restaurant.

- Our ice cream is locally made by Lovingtons

- Cheeses and Delicatessen are supplied by Hawkridge Farm (near Eggesford)

- Butchery: Swannacott farm, located just outside of Bude

- Main fish supplier is S&J Fisheries, based in Ilfracombe

● Reuse containers for storage e.g. ice cream tubs

● Use a biodegradable printing film for menus (rather than plastic laminated) and other marketing materials making them fully recyclable.

● Food waste is recycled to make renewable energy using Andigestion, abiogas plant in Holsworthy.

● Within the hotel rooms we do not use individual toiletries but refillable dispensers. This saves up to 300 plastic bottles per day (based on full occupancy).

● All toners and inks are collected by our suppliers and recycled.

● Within the restaurant, we have moved away from individually packaged cereals to large buffet bowls and serve sauces in ramekins to avoid single-use sachets.

● Use large-format milk pergals instead of individual cartons