In the summer of 2020, five Bristol businesses came together to develop Breaking Bread – a pop-up tipi village of socially distanced dining and drinking venues on Clifton Downs. As a response to the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating effects on the events and hospitality industries, Pauline Bourdon, Breaking Bread’s sustainability and social cohesion coordinator explains how they joined forces to build a socially responsible and sustainable enterprise.

Essential Trading is the lead partner for Bristol Bites Back Better. Essential’s Jimmy Nelson writes in our latest blog post about their ethical approach to business operations and sustainability and how Essential are inspiring their customers to follow suit. Check out the short recipe video filmed by Sam Cole at the end of the blog, using Essential Bulgar and Split Pea Mix. If you try the recipe, let us know using the hashtag #BiteBackBetter.

Without having any prior gardening experience, café-owners Faruk and Shilpi Choudhury of Chai Shai Kitchen started an edible garden in the grounds of their flat at Carrick House, Hotwells in the lockdown of spring 2020. This encouraged others in the local community to get involved and “Joy Hill” was formed. Read this inspiring story in our latest #BiteBackBetter blog post by Faruk.

Essential Trading is the lead partner for Bristol Bites Back Better, the latest campaign from the team behind Bristol’s bid to be a Gold Sustainable Food City, which aims to create a resilient future for the city through food. Essential’s Jimmy Nelson writes in our latest blog post about the co-operative’s history and values and how they have offered a different model of food supply since the 1970s.

Lexi Lichtenstein, Sustainability Officer at Arthur David, Food with Service, writes our latest blog post. Arthur David is a food wholesaler based in Bristol who supply many of Bristol’s restaurants with produce and who are encouraging their customers to make the most of every part of the pumpkin this year to reduce waste. Did you know that a whopping 12.8 million pumpkins are predicted to go to waste in the UK this year?