June 10, 2020

Bristol-based catering business plants 1000 trees


Bristol-based catering business plants 1000 trees


The Wilde Kitchen, a Bristol-based ethical catering company, has hit a new environmental milestone and planted over 1000 trees - 1328 to be exact. And all while successfully adapting to life under lockdown. 


The Wilde Kitchen started in 2016 with a mission to get healthy, sustainable food to busy working people. Since lockdown began and offices across Bristol closed, their corporate catering efforts have been put on hold. Instead, the company began supplying healthy food to the city in new ways, including veg box delivery. Staying true to their ethical founding principles, they continued to plant a tree for every order. In May alone they planted 400 trees in developing nations - that equates to over 60 tons of captured carbon. 


Wilde also follows a zero-food-waste, “root to fruit” philosophy. Every part of the vegetable is used, helping to put food on plates not in bins. It also avoids the possibility of food waste ending up in landfill where it can create harmful methane gas. Any leftovers are fed into an onsite aerobic digester. Within three weeks, they are converted into compost to be used back on the land in local growth initiatives. 


“Its not just about planting trees,” says Harry the founder. “It’s about giving customers a chance to change lives by offering them a convenient and sustainable food option. We’ve enjoyed helping people reconnect with great local food and producers.”


The Wilde Kitchen offers a single style of veg box, for the ‘Wilde’ at heart! It changes with every delivery, helping customers explore the seasons and push their culinary boundaries. The most recent box included seasonal rhubarb, British asparagus and a wild head of elderflower among other more familiar favourites. Customers also love the Kitchen Cheat Cards which come with each box - the latest one explained how to make bread in 10 minutes. 


“By only offering one style of box we can throw everything at it, making it something truly special and unique,” says Harry. “Delivering veg boxes was never part of the plan but there’s so much demand from customers who want to forgo the “big supermarket shop” and support the local economy that we are going to incorporate it into our business long term.”


Since the epidemic, Bristol has never had a better chance to make the world a greener place. With carbon emissions down and wildlife habitats thriving with our absence, it seems that system change is more of a possibility if we are going to tackle climate change. The real question is if we can now learn from this new present and carry it into a greener future.





The Wilde Kitchen Timeline

Wilde started in 2016 in a rented shipping container I converted into a kitchen positioned on an industrial lorry park. I was a one-man band on a mission to get healthy, sustainable food to busy people. the first year was incredibly hard with 5 am starts and a lot of ups and downs. We now have 4 employees. A bigger kitchen which I built myself and has grown to become a must-have at any forward-thinking company looking to impress clients. 


Additional quotes

“We're not just planting trees, we’re changing lives through regenerative agriculture for local communities and future generations”


“We have always been plastic-free in all our packing but now I’m so excited to say we are a zero food waste business too!”


“I’m so happy we’ve been able to stay connected to our customers and help them through this uncertainty. Its a perfect opportunity to help people reconnect with great local produce and producers”.


“By only offering one style of box we can throw everything at it making it something truly special and unique from any other veg box out there”.


Related facts


Globally we emit over 36 billion tonnes of CO2 per year – this continues to increase.


There are large inequalities in CO2 emissions: the world’s poorest have contribute less than 1% of emissions, but will be the most vulnerable to climate change impacts.


The world is not on-track to meet its agreed target of limiting warming to 2℃. Under current policies, expected warming will be in the range 3.1-3.7℃.


Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines. Ever taken an Aspirin? It comes from the bark of a tree!


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