Homemade promotes sustainable restaurant and cooking practices to ensure a eco-friendly service
As a platform, Homemade is dedicated to providing services that reduce harm to the best of our abilities. From cooking to regulatory practices to delivery methods, we prioritise eco-friendly processes. Despite the fact that our chefs work on a freelance basis, we insist on certain measures that put the community first.
Improving on Restaurant Sustainability Practices
When it comes to the average restaurant's sustainability, there are many areas where the standard business model limits the uses of an eco-friendly process. For example, delivery by car will always be hazardous for the environment, both in terms of air pollution and noise pollution. Such practices exacerbate the already heavy carbon footprint of running a physical business.
Homemade eschews these issues by proposing a decentralised business model. Firstly, we operate as an app and thus don't require a physical headquarters for our chefs. Chefs can thus deliver locally by bike while cooking from their own kitchens (which are far less energy-intensive than a full restaurant). With this scale of operations, an individual meal also creates less food waste.
We also provide advice in the form of restaurant sustainability consultancy for our chefs. Urging them to make use of a few helpful guidelines in terms of delivery and packaging.
Promoting a Diet That's Healthy for Everyone & the Planet
Our chefs prepare meals with minimal input from us. However, the way we operate helps provide home-cooked meals and decreases an emphasis on the types of food that would be made in fast food places by necessity of home preparation. Meals one can cook at home are, on average, healthier than one's cooked elsewhere.
In terms of sustainability, restaurant trends indicate that the most eco-conscious way to eat is the vegan diet. While our platform caters to everyone, we make an active effort to accommodate vegan customers and promote healthy diets. Generally, these diets are also much better for the environment, as meat production is known to be very carbon-intensive.
Restaurant sustainability trends indicate that environmental sustainability is an increased concern within the market. An increasing number of consumers tend to see buying sustainably as an important factor in their purchasing decisions.
Chef Buying Guidelines
We encourage our chefs to buy from environmentally friendly grocery stores that make use of fresh vegetables and fruits. We promote sustainable food shopping and incentivise buying fair trade goods. Homemade also provides our chefs with help in finding the most sustainable grocery stores available in the Netherlands.
Most eco-friendly grocery stores like Little Plant Pantry, Ekoplaza, Simon Levelt, and Delicious Food have a zero-waste policy which we find admirable. Reducing waste should be a top priority for all our chefs. We recommend stores like these since they can provide our chefs and customers with a less damaging supply chain.
Aside from promoting sustainable grocery stores, we also encourage the use of packaging that is biodegradable. We also recommend that our chefs use sustainable vegan bags (made without the harm of animals). These bags can be made from natural or recycled materials.
Nowadays, packaging options have vastly expanded so it's easy to order sustainable packaging online. It can be pretty cheap and easy to implement. Aside from being better for the planet, these materials are also less bothersome for the customers in the Netherlands, where trash often has to be separated based on its contents.
Homemade strives towards a better way to provide cooking. We believe a cleaner diet is also a cleaner mind.