University of Exeter
Falmouth University College

Sustainability Work with WestCountry

16 April 2019

 

Sustainability is really important to us. We are always working to make our campuses more sustainable, from stopping supplying plastic straws and increasing compostable packaging for take away food to ambitious energy and procurement projects.

Much of this work is reliant on our suppliers and we are pleased to see that WestCountry Fruit Sales Ltd included Penryn Campus in its trials of 100% electric zero emission vehicles.

WestCountry has been supplying the Falmouth and Penryn campuses with locally-sourced produce (Cornwall and Devon) for years. These include fruit and veg, local tray bakes and cakes, breads, Cornish Orchard juices and Trewithen Dairy milk as well as some cleaning products.

Samuel Savage, Truro and Falmouth Account Manager, explained: “At WestCountry we are determined to manage the environmental impacts of our business and these trials run alongside many sustainable and recycling initiatives.

“The transport team have been testing the technology, viability of load and multi-drop utilisation and battery life of these vehicles to see how they might meet the needs for our fleet in the future. We hope these initial trials will help shape our future investment in this cutting edge technology and innovation.”

Our Campus Experience catering team, led by Carlos Bueno do Prado, also works with suppliers on other ways to make our campuses more sustainable. WestCountry now collects all boxes and packaging delivered to Falmouth and Penryn, including mushroom crates, to repack and reuse them.

Carlos said: “We are encouraging all our suppliers to think about packaging, waste, food miles and more. We are really pleased to be supported by WestCountry’s own initiatives and thought the zero emissions vehicles trial was a great idea.

“We have also managed to operate far more sustainably by changing how we work. For instance, at Koofi, all products made in-house are put in completely biodegradable or compostable packaging. Our labels are all made from plants and can be composted together with food waste. Vegware boxes and baguette bags are made from recycled paper and the ‘glass’ window is made from wood pulp. Plus, all disposable cutlery is now made from corn starch or birchwood and Koofi also offers metal cutlery as an eat-in option.”