National Trust pub menus now include carbon footprint of each meal
Sticklebarn pub, run by the National Trust, has began printing the carbon footprint created by each meal on their menus. They are the first pub in the UK to offer this information on their menus to customers.
Professor Mike Berners-Lee, a leading greenhouse gases expert, has been tasked with calculating the emissions. Sticklebarn made the decision to include carbon footprint calories, as part of their pledge to keep a more sustainable business.
On their menu greenhouse gas emissions range from 5.74kg (per meal) to 0.86kg (per meal). The largest emissions come from Sticklebarn's Ropa Vieja chilli, which hosts slow roasted beef, chilli, chocolate, sour cream and guacamole. The gas emissions equate to driving 14 miles in a car. The least offensive meals are mostly vegetarian options.
Gareth Fuke, Food & Beverage manager of Sticklebarn said; "Food is such an important part of people's lives and there is much more awareness and interest in seasonal and local. The carbon calculator is a way of quantifying this. It helps us plan the menu and provides diners with choices."