Our ethos at Fifteen Cornwall is a fairly simple one: stay in business. And that means being sustainable. Across the board. We focus on sustainability in all areas from energy usage, recycling, sourcing and conservation.
It makes sense that we should ensure we’re here for another five, ten, fifteen years + whether it’s to train young chefs, provide permanent year round employment for nearly 100 local people or protect one of the county’s greatest assets, our location.
Peer beneath the unassuming veneer of Fifteen Cornwall’s surface and you’ll discover a state of the art restaurant designed to minimise the use of resources and maximise energy efficiency.
Most recently we’ve installed a cutting edge Bio Nova digester. It takes our food waste and converts it into fuel for our biomass boiler which produces some of our hot water. Not only does it reduce our energy usage but it’s eliminated our need to landfill food waste.
That’s not all. There’s also no air conditioning. Instead a heat transfer and recovery system uses excess heat from the kitchen to warm the restaurant during the cooler months and cool it during the warmer months. The process is complemented by our solar reflective, double glazed windows.
Our kitchen is equipped with induction hobs which only use power when in contact with a pan and every fridge is equipped with ‘Kooltrack’, leading technology that gives up-to-the-minute temperature data and energy outputs to alert us to any inefficiently running fridges, or potential faults.
Recycling and waste
Only 20% of our total waste ever reaches landfill. We recycle all our glass, cardboard, plastics and aluminium and 100% of food waste is used in the Bio Nova digester.
Our toilets are connected to a 3000-litre rainwater harvester which saves hundreds of thousands of litres of water every year.
The recycling bins in our car park are there to encourage visitors to keep the bay clean.
Food miles? You shouldn’t find many of these at Fifteen Cornwall. 80% of our ingredients come from our own doorstep – the fields and seas of Cornwall. It isn’t just food that’s locally sourced. A lot of our drinks are also sourced locally from brewed beers, soft drinks and wine. Sure, we do have to source some products out of county, but only when we really have to. This is mainly our Italian produce that we just can’t get here…..if we could, we would!!! . Since launching five years ago we’ve worked closely with suppliers to produce as much locally as possible.
We partner up with likeminded suppliers to ensure that our drive for sustainability goes beyond the restaurant itself.
We’re a member of CoaST (Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project) which offers ongoing advice on sustainability, and works with many other Cornish companies that share an interest in long term environmental sustainability.
Bio Travel, our preferred taxi company, runs their fleet on LPG or biofuel, both of which have less impact on the environment.
In partnership with The Hotel and Extreme Academy, the beach is cleaned by waste staff every day and weekly in the winter. Once a month we run beach cleans for all staff who volunteer their time for an hour to collect marine litter. Four times a year we also survey what we collect for the Marine Conservation Society and send this to them for their records. To date we have removed 270 kilos of marine litter and are passionate about caring for the beach and marine environment.
There are some exciting projects in the pipeline. Watergate Bay is currently being assessed as a potential site for renewable energy production which would help power Fifteen Cornwall. Watch this space.
We have also developed our responsible visitor charter. Click here for more information >>
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