We are committed to making Greater Manchester single use plastic free by 2020

In 2018, the Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnam, pledged that he wanted to make Manchester single use plastic free by 2020. We are committed to doing our bit to help achieve this pledge in the following ways:

  • Ensuring that all of our takeaway cartons, boxes and cutlery are Vegware, which is made from plants, not plastic
  • Working with our suppliers to find new ways to combat plastic use
  • Only stocking PET plastic bottled cold drinks (which can be easily recycled around campus)

Sometimes, we like to live life on the veg...

Greenhouse Café (George Kenyon Building) is our vegetarian café serving a range of hot homemade dishes, sandwiches and freshly baked cakes. They are also open for breakfast and offer a number of wholesome, homemade hot breakfasts to order. Gluten free and vegan options are also available.

Veggie Place is our vegetarian store and offers a wide selection of grab and go vegetarian and vegan options including smoothies, a salad bar and hot pasties from local bakery HMPasties.

Where we can, we work with local suppliers

A great example is Manchester Veg People. Part of the Kindling Trust family, Manchester Veg People is a pioneering cooperative of local organic growers, buyers and workers collaborating to provide fresh, seasonal food of the highest possible quality for Greater Manchester. Since its inception the University has been a keen supporter of the initiative who initially supplied one of our restaurants, each week, with fresh produce. Seven years later, Manchester Veg People are one of the main suppliers of vegetables to our vegetarian café Greenhouse, allowing us to offer fresh seasonal produce all year round. We continue to look for ways to increase our involvement with the cooperative.

Fancy fresh organic veg of your own? In partnership with the University, Veg Box People, an organic box scheme, was launched in 2015. Every Tuesday you can collect an organic veg box of your own from outside our Greenhouse Cafe with different sizes available to suit your needs.

Our water gives back

We only sell One water in our outlets. One are an ethical organisation whose profits fund sustainable water projects for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. So, whilst keeping hydrated on campus, you can feel proud to have contributed to such a fantastic cause!

We encourage you to get your Eco on

Our takeaway cups are made from Vegware and not plastic. Whilst this is much better for the environment, we are still keen to encourage a more sustainable solution.

From September 2019 we will now charge 20p for every disposable cup we give out, the profits from which will go towards local sustainability and community projects.

We are a Fairtrade University

We only sell Fairtrade tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar, orange and apple juice. Buying Fairtrade makes a huge difference to the lives of the producers of these products, their families and communities as it ensures they get a fair price for their produce. The University first received Fairtrade certification in 2005 and so we celebrate 14 years of being a Fairtrade University this year. The 2017/18 Fairtrade statement is available here.

We are free range

All of the milk used in our delicious hot drinks is free range, and comes from a local lancashire dairy.

We are working to ensure that we only sell products that contain sustainably sourced palm oil

We care about forest preservation and conserving the habitats of those that live in them. Therefore, we are working with our suppliers to try and ensure that we are only stocking products that use sustainably sourced palm oil.

We take allergens really seriously

Please, just ask if you are unsure. Our friendly team are there to help!