15 Hatfields: A venue with sustainability at its heart
Updated: Mar 17, 2021
Located behind the bustling South Bank in London, 15 Hatfields is a venue with a whole host of awards and accreditations to their name covering environmental management, green tourism and sustainable initiatives. These awards are not without considerable merit as this venue employed sustainability practices from the very first time they opened their doors. Commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) the venue aimed to be London’s most sustainable and it’s hard to argue that they’re not.
Every piece of the building has a sustainable story to tell
You’ll be greeted at a reception desk made from recycled detergent bottles, walk on a carpet made of goat’s hair, coloured with natural dyes and with natural rubber backing making them fully compostable and you will be able to fill your water bottle up for free, even if you’re not attending an event. This is because the venue is signed up to the Refill London scheme, an initiative that is part of the Mayor of London’s plans to reduce single-use plastic bottles in the capital.
Sit down to wait and you will find yourself propped up by cushion covers crafted out of recycled car seatbelts and you will be sat on furniture made of compostable fabric. And it doesn’t stop there with the decor. The wood veneers are from UK FSC certified forests, the MDF is repurposed from an old power plant, stone wall features are off-cuts from paving slabs and the paint is a clay-based product deemed better for human and environmental health.
By the time you’ve digested all of that, you’ll be offered a locally sourced and ethical coffee along with a biscuit provided by locally based eco-conscious Eden Caterers, the venue’s catering partner and a supplier who feature on our Food and Beverage list. Committed to serving food that is healthier, safer and sustainably and locally (where possible) sourced, Eden Caterers were the natural choice for 15 Hatfields. Working with Eden, the venue has eliminated all single-use plastics throughout the entire food journey including cling film, napkin wrappers and teabags and any food waste is either composted or donated to local projects.
The venue is a part of the Sustainable Fish City Pledge, aiming for London to become the first-ever sustainable fish city and adopt a sustainable fish policy and have committed to the FOG mission statement, aiming to protect the environment from pollution caused by Fats, Oils and Grease. As well as targeting key environmental issues around foodservice education plays an important part in the process and all staff are trained in environmental principles and good practice.
And it doesn’t stop there...
Pop to the bathroom and the lights are responsive, LED, of course, and all powered by 100% renewable sources. The taps and flushes reduce water waste and the hot water is heated by solar panels on the roof. The linen provided is from a supplier who has won awards for the measures it has taken towards reducing the amount of energy and water it uses. And this is all before you’ve set foot in their event spaces.
From the floor tiles to the crockery, the local first approach applies to each and every element within this building with recycled or repurposed options considered above anything new. Anything old won’t find it’s way to waste either, with a policy of zero to landfill all unwanted equipment is donated to local schools and charities wherever possible and the venue’s partner recycling company guarantees that 100% of recycling waste is recycled, with any non-recyclable waste going into the local carbon capture energy recovery plant in Deptford.
Awards and accreditations aplenty, these are just a few they’ve accumulated in the past few years:
Awarded the Gold Green Tourism Award in 2016
First venue in the UK to receive the certification of the NQA Sustainable Development Management Scheme.
Awarded the ISO 14001 certification in 2013. ISO 14001 is a framework of control for an Environmental Management System and means that 15Hatfields is now fully internationally compliant.
Highly Commended for ‘Best Sustainable Initiative’ in the National Conference Awards for the ‘Save the bees, go wild and sow your seeds’ campaign, where more than two million wildflower seeds were given away
From the entrance to the exit 15 Hatfields have applied the key principles of the circular economy to their building and services. They have reduced their use of materials, reused and repurposed items from other sources as well as their own and recycled at each and every point they can, including distributing old equipment to schools and charities once they are finished with. And although they aren’t classified as a fully circular supplier yet, they are very much a shining example we should can all learn more from.
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