The Importance of Sustainability
Sustainability is very important to us! We aim to enhance the quality of our products in the most environmentally friendly way. We don’t want to exhaust natural resources and we therefore follow a number of different processes in order to make Yorica! as sustainable as possible.
Here at Yorica! Soho, we believe that one of the most effective ways to have a positive impact on the environment is to recycle. Recycling saves energy, helps protect the environment, reduces landfill and conserves raw materials. We strongly believe that recycling is a key element in making Yorica! sustainable.
To recycle our waste effectively at our Soho store, we have partnered with a waste management company who have a high recycling rate of 66% compared to the average rate in London of just 33%. We have arranged daily waste and recycling collections, varying from mixed recycling, coffee recycling, food recycling and cardboard recycling. This is especially effective for us as we have a wide variety of products that need to be recycled daily.
Compostable Cutlery and Biodegradable Straws
In order to make the most out of our resources at Yorica! we have sourced eco-friendly food packaging and catering disposables at our Soho store. Our cutlery upholds four main characteristics, it is low carbon, certified compostable, is high heat-resistant and is both eco and economically friendly. Our non-plastic straws are made from PLA, a 100% biodegradable material derived from cornstarch, making them eco-friendly (as this plant source is also a renewable energy, as opposed to plastic production). The straws degrade in 3-6 months in composting conditions.
Chemicals and Packaging
We carefully source our cleaning materials and packaging products from companies who see the environment as a crucial element within their beliefs and policies. We aim to work with suppliers who actively support and enforce renewable and efficient energy, sustainable products, recycling, and sustainable waste management. It is key that all of these aspects are actively taken into account throughout every stage of business planning.
Finally, our chosen suppliers must be dedicated to building a sustainable future and aim to reduce any detrimental impacts their business may have on our environment. They must look to develop ways to ensure continual improvement in their environmental performance. For example, they should aim to conserve natural resources used in operations, minimise waste in production and packaging, reduce emissions of solvents and provide safe, clean and hygienic working conditions. Furthermore, they must aim to ensure efficient management of their vehicle fleets to reduce emissions. It also goes without saying that we
don’t support any companies that test on animals.
We entered 2018 with the decision of going cashless. Fear not, though – robots are not taking over… Our Yoricans will still be here to greet you with a smile. We thought long and hard about this, and a decision was made – here are the reasons why:
- Bank of England notes contain tallow. As a business that caters and cares for vegans and vegetarians, we don’t like that.
- Bye-bye additional allergens! We are constantly striving to make our stores as safe as possible for allergy-sufferers, and by not handling cash we are removing an additional risk of cross-contamination.
- Cash is dirty: did you know there are more germs on a £1 coin than there are on a toilet? We know, right?! No thank you…
- More time chatting, less time counting! We believe that cashless payments will lead to shorter queueing times, improving your Yorica experience.
- Safety of Yoricans. With long (and late) opening hours, removing cash increases the safety of our lovely staff. Going cashless also reduces the risk of fraud.
We spoke to our staff and consulted regular customers, and were met with very positive feedback – which made us feel confident in taking the leap into completely cashless stores.