Here at Hatrick Catering we really try to take a moment to think about what we do and how it will affect the planet, the environment and ultimately you.
There are a few choices we make very consciously that are really important to our company ethos.
This is not trying to say, we’re so great and ethical, it’s more to let you know what choices we make and why and maybe even suggest you could too. If you have any other suggestions we’d always love to hear them. If we could, we’d be riding bikes to jobs but I’m not sure where we’d fit the food!
As much as possible we try and keep our menus seasonal and source produce as locally as possible.
We source meats from a variety of sources using free range sustainable butchers and we use Greenstone Creek free range beef. We always use free range eggs. Where the cost and product is comparable we will always choose organic.
We use New South Wales Beloka Sparkling Water, a subtle mineral slightly sparkling water in recyclable glass bottles.
We use Murray River pink salt not imported salts.
We don’t use large, long line caught fish such as Tuna or Swordfish, yummy as they are, it takes so long for them to grow into such majestic fish and there is a lot of by-catch including albatrosses that are thrown away, it’s just wrong and there are plenty more sustainable and delicious fishes out there.
When we need disposable plates, cutlery, containers etc we use palm leaf plates and sustainable bamboo cutlery.
Palm leaf plates are 100% biodegradable, with no chemicals or synthetics used in their manufacture, they can also be mulched, given for animal fodder, or used upside down on garden beds as a mulch. The leaf of the Areca palm is extensively cultivated in South India. The leaf sheath naturally dries, falls and regenerates.
The forming of the plates involves no chemicals, resins, dyes or synthetic material. It begins with the collection of the palm leaf sheaths which are pressure washed. The clean fibre is then sterilized at 180ºC through a pre-heated molding process where the product acquires its shape.
The manufacturer uses a “bio ethical business model” where simple and clean huts are erected under the palm groves for the local villagers. The people are paid cash to collect the sheaths and press the bio plates.
All the plastic containers we do use we wash and reuse. We try and avoid using foil containers, and single use containers. We return all our polystyrene boxes that our food is delivered in to the suppliers to reuse.
We use biodegradable chemicals at the kitchen as much as possible.
All job sheets, menus and postcards are printed on 100% recycled paper, and we try and keep a paperless office as much as possible.
We use Who Gives a Crap toilet paper and you can too!
Our fryer oil gets recycled by a company who turn it into fuel for cars.