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Here at the Guild, we're always trying to improve the products we offer in our cafes to be as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.

Check out some of changes we've already made and let us know what you'd like to see next!



- Baking paper

- Plastic wrap

- Soft plastics (scrunchable; such as rice bags, bread bags, confectionary wrappers)

- String

- Tea bags (unless it is stated as compostable on the packaging)

- Large bones and shells

- Non-compostable packaging (the old black guild cups and lids, the clear lids on the sugar cane BioPak trays)

- Elastic bands

- Hard plastics (rinsed):
(look for recycling symbols printed into the plastic with numbers 1, 2, or 5.)

- Remove lids of any bottles 

- Tin cans: both food and drink cans, rinsed 

- Glass: jars (lids removed) and bottles, rinsed

- Paper and Cardboard: clean e.g. not paper or cardboard used to serve food or drink

- All food waste, except large bones and hard shelled seafood

- Compostable packaging:
Look for the word compostable or PLA and the number 7 within a recycling symbol.
Most BioPak Packaging is compostable but look for these for reference.

- Napkins, tissues, paper towel

- Coffee grounds and tea leaves

- Compostable bin liners


Did you know...?

  • Glass is one of the materials which can be recycled infinitely, plastic is limited to around seven times as the quality of the plastic decreases each time
  • Not all plastics are recyclable - look for the recycling symbol with the number 1, 2 or 5 on the packaging itself (not the label)
  • The energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle can power a computer for 25 minutes
  • Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to power a 100watt light bulb for 20 hours
  • Making an aluminium can out of used aluminium only requires 5% of the energy of making a can from scratch


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