Tusk Baltic has become the first Carbon Free Dining restaurant in Liverpool. This is another example of Tusk’s leading role in environmental awareness within Liverpool’s hospitality industry.
It was only a couple of years ago when Tusk were the first Merseyside-based restaurant to use plastic straws. Tusk has built up a reputation as one of the city’s best dining establishments including a variety of delicious vegan and plant-based menu option. In addition, Tusk has just signed a partnership with Viva! (a vegan advocacy charity) regarding their My Vegan Town which offers rewards and discount to the charity’s supporters.
However, it is their partnership with Carbon Free Dining which has been attracting the most attention. Carbon Free Dining is a ground-breaking environmental certification programme managed by The United Nations Environment partner, Green Earth Appeal in partnership with Lightspeed. It is game changing in its simplicity and is designed to give restaurants Carbon Free Dining certification to demonstrate their passion for the environment.
Carbon Free Dining certified partners empower their diners to plant a fruit tree in the developing world to counterbalance the environmental impact of their meal and at the same time help put an end to poverty. By including a micro-donation of only 99p at the end of a bill, Carbon Free Dining guarantee to plant a single tree on behalf of the diners. As a result of Tusk’s commitment over the last month, they are now responsible for the planting of 100 trees.
Trees counterbalances the CO2 footprint of the diners’ meal, while the fruit counterbalances its food waste. Working with charities and NGO’s in the developing world, Carbon Free Dining seeks to change the lives of some of the planet’s poorest communities. This is achieved through providing education, infrastructure and hundreds of thousands of fruit trees; ending a reliance on aid and empowering the communities by providing a sustainable future through farming.
The trees are planted in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania and as well as each tree absorbing 25KG of CO2 per year for around 40 years (1 tonne) they provide an increase in biodiversity, raise the water table, enhance soil quality and provide food and economy for the communities where they are planted.
Not only that but different crops can be grown year round alongside the trees providing economy and self sufficiency for entire communities. The tree nurseries alone provide employment for 100s of people.
One of the incentives driving the scheme is to provide diners not only with the satisfaction that they had a great meal, but also the knowledge that they have been part of an environmental programme that will create positive change in the world.
This rapidly growing programme has already counterbalanced the negative environmental impact of over 500,000 meals.
Satinder Bindra, whilst Director of Communications for United Nations Environment described Green Earth Appeal’s dining initiative as ‘an outstanding initiative which successfully merges the luxury of eating out with the joy of knowing we are simultaneously giving something back to nourish our planet.’
This looks like a truly beneficial cause and one which is bound to lead to more of Liverpool’s restaurants and bars signing up for the scheme. Tusk is very proud to be a part of this campaign and hopes that their example will inspire others to get involved.
Andrea Edwards, the founder of Tusk had this to say:
After much research on how to become carbon neutral I partnered up with ‘Carbon Free Dining’ for the difference every single tree planted makes. We are thrilled to have planted 100 trees in the name of Tusk but many more thousand to come!