A truly green and ethical venue

Matara, a very green and ethical wedding venue listed in our directory, is totally committed to providing its customers with transparency in all they do and we have recently been sent the following statement by them. We thought our readers would love to know how committed they are - over to Geoffrey Higgins of Matara:

"We want to ensure that, while providing you with the opportunity to celebrate the important rites of passage in your life, we give you as much information as possible about how we work, the food you eat and how it is sourced, the energy we use, and the team who work for you. We want you to be confident that the food we serve is sourced from suppliers who rear their animals humanely and allow them to range freely outdoors, free of growth hormones and antibiotics, provide us with only sustainable varieties of fish, supply products made from organic or biodynamic crops without pesticides, and then prepared by us with love and care. We undertake to do as much as we can to minimise the environmental impact of our work for you, and are endeavouring to do our part in nurturing the environment and the nature which we so love. Â

Our goal is to reduce our wastage and emissions towards 0% - a big challenge. We are at the first stage of the process and are committed to internally auditing our processes and suppliers over the next three months to see how we can:

  • Buy only what we need, leaving no surplus

  • Change or redesign our processes to take out waste entirely or reduce it to a minimum

  • Encourage our suppliers to reduce or remove the packaging they use or start working with like-minded suppliers

  • Purchase as many renewable, environmentally friendly, ethically, organically products as possible

  • Buy as much as possible from local suppliers to reduce the mileage travelled and - in the case of food - maximise the taste

  • Eliminate all hazardous chemicals from Matara thus avoiding soil and water pollution

  • At the same time, we want to create an environment at Matara within the team that encourages learning about sustainability and the part each person plays in the journey

"Our challenge is to establish an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just presence on the planet as the principle of our time." Charles Stirton - friend of Matara.

"œI believe it is only though exploration and dialogue we will be able to address the ecological, social challenges we face. In a conversation, you always expect a reply and if you honour the other person, you understand that you must not expect always to receive a reply that you foresee, or a reply that you will like. A conversation is two-sided and always, to some degree, mysterious; it requires faith." Wendell Berry - American man of letters

Published: 10-08-2011

Published By: Rosie


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