British tableware manufacturer Steelite International has been certified as an ‘Approved Supplier’ for the hospitality industry by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
The company, one of the few big manufacturers left plying its trade in the Potteries, carries the distinction of being the first tableware manufacturer to be awarded the status.
Mark Linehan, director of the SRA, said the organisation was particularly impressed by Steelite’s recycling policy and the use of locally-sourced materials at its factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
“Traditionally in the restaurant world, restaurateurs, chefs and consumers associate sustainability with the food on the plate without thinking about the plate on which it is served,” he said. “Tableware is a crucial part of the whole dining experience and should be given the same level of consideration.”
Steelite received a Green Apple award in 2010 for its Lamella system, which recovers clay solids from all the factory’s waste water, enabling Steelite to manufacture 15,000 cups and saucers a week.
It also holds a number of accreditations including Investors in People and the ISO 14001: 2004 Environmental Management Standard (EMS) and is a member of the The Green Organisation and Staffordhsire Business and Environmental Network, which aims to help local businesses reduce environmental impact.
Steelite International manufactures 500,000 pieces of crockery a week, each of which goes through 53 quality checks before it leaves the factory.
Steelite International is a privately owned company which employs more than 650 people in the UK as well as 89 employees overseas.
Its business spans a number of industry sectors including commercial catering, ranging from staff restaurants and retirement homes to contract caterers and cruise lines; and the leisure and hospitality market including restaurants, casinos and hotels.