At Pret, we take a strategic approach to reduce our impact on the environment and to have a positive effect on the communities we operate in.
We are working on sustainability targets globally, including the expansion of the Pret Coffee Fund, working to make better use of our waste, reducing our energy consumption, improving animal welfare and supporting food rescue organizations across our US markets. We are a partner of Forum for the Future and work with a select group of external agencies to make the right decisions so we can build a sustainable future. We have achieved a great deal since we started but there is still much to do.
Pret’s Global Plastic Pledge
Packaging plays a huge role at Pret. It delivers our products to our customers safely and in the best possible condition. But we recognize that we need to reduce the impact our packaging has on the environment.
We recently introduced a 10 cent discount for customers bringing in their own reusable cups in an effort to reduce the number of cups we use.
We know that single use plastic can be harmful to the environment so we are committing to make the following changes to our plastic packaging use by 2025:
1. Make it 100% recyclable, reusable, or compostable
Most of our plastic packaging is recyclable in the US, however we are working to increase this, while introducing more sustainable options.
2. Eliminate all unnecessary single-use plastic
3. Help customers to recycle effectively in our shops
Good Food Doing Good
Ever since Pret opened the doors of its very first shop in New York City, we have been donating our unsold food to those in need. These nightly donations are possible thanks to our charity partners and The Pret Foundation, our non-profit organization that raises money to support food rescue organizations alleviating hunger and homelessness in the US.
In 2017, with the help of our partners, we donated over 800,000 meals to those in need.
How our food is farmed, harvested, and delivered matters to us. That is why we follow only the highest practical levels of animal welfare and environmental stewardship.
We are proud to partner with Niman Ranch where all of their protein is Certified Humane by the HFAC. Niman Ranch focuses on sustainable farming traditions and livestock raising practices, which balance the needs of today and tomorrow.
More chickens are raised for their meat than any other animal so it is vital we treat them with respect. In the UK all our chicken is farmed to higher welfare standards and we seek to progress farm animal welfare in all the countries we operate in.
Our US chicken is already farmed to standards above the norm, but we know we have to go beyond this. We are committed to improving conditions for broiler chickens in our US supply chain. This means further addressing the key issues of welfare resulting from fast-growing breeds of chickens. This includes environmental enrichment including light and litter improvement in the facilities that house chickens, more space for the birds to move in (stocking density) in those facilities, and the way in which chickens are processed.
The standards set by the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) offer feasible solutions and by 2024 we will ensure 100% of our chicken is produced using GAP standards. We will also ensure that by 2024, all chickens in our supply system will be processed in the most humane manner available (currently this would be a controlled-atmosphere system). We believe in transparency – so we will demonstrate compliance with the GAP standards via third party auditing.