We are on a mission. We aim to operate the greenest beach café and shop operator, not an easy feat by any stretch. Since we launched our first outlet at Blackpool Sands in 1995, we decided that we wanted to have minimal impact on the environment, while working to enhance the beautiful spaces that we're fortunate enough to occupy. Here’s what makes The Venus Company unique:
THE LAST STRAW
We have never used polystyrene cups, instead opting for the most environmental cup available- now 100% fully compostable cup & lid. All cleaning materials are chlorine and phosphate-free based products. Despite popular demand, we banned plastic straws 15 years ago in a bid to reduce the amount of plastics being created. Take away packaging has been designed to be plastic free and compostable and for every plastic bottle bought in the cafés, a deposit of 50p is taken, to be paid back when the bottle is returned. We continuously campaign to educate the public about the effect of plastics on the ocean.
Taking care of the environment is an integral part of our business philosophy. We return cooking oil, all cardboard, food waste and glass for recycling and use energy efficient equipment and monitor co2 emissions. Our strong environmental awareness is why we were not only the first café company to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Sustainability 2005, but we received it a second-time round in 2010.
We source our produce from many local suppliers, as reduced food miles means a quicker journey from field to plate. We operate a central hub saving 250,000 miles per annum. This not only reduces environmental impact, but also supports the local economy. All meat is free range & from grass-fed animals. We pay our farmers a fair price for a quality product.
CHARITY STARTS AT HOME
We contribute to many charities, including a recent donation of £2,400 to the Samaritans. We work closely with the AONB and the Marine Conservation Society including sponsoring the local screening of a documentary about the effect of plastics on the ocean - ‘A Plastic Ocean’.
To encourage regular beach cleans, The Venus Company supports Less Plastic and Surfers Against Sewage by providing free hot drinks to all volunteers. At our ‘Loving the Beach’ music festival, all stalls had an educational ethos, promoting environment friendly activities for the whole family.