At JPRestaurants, we’re passionate about sustainability and doing our part for our planet and people. We believe that everyone can contribute to a greener future, and as a customer, there are lots of ways you can help make a positive impact.

 

Being a Greener Customer

From choosing locally-sourced dishes, to recycling your waste, and to making greener choices when you travel, there’s lots of ways to limit your impact on the environment when you dine out or go on holiday.

Green Customer Tips

1. Choose Locally-Sourced Food

Opting for locally-sourced food not only supports local growers and producers, but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with transportation. When dining out, look for menus and products that highlight local ingredients.

At our restaurants and cafés, we’re proud to showcase the finest seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients to ensure fresh and sustainable dining experiences. We aim to be as transparent as possible about what is, and isn’t, locally-sourced: most of our shellfish, some fish, some meat, most dairy, fruits and vegetables come from Jersey, and when we can’t source locally, we prioritise high-welfare suppliers who use sustainable and ethical farming and employment practices, as well as considering transportation methods and distances.

If you’re not sure, always feel free to ask a food provider about where their ingredients come from, and what they prioritise when deciding which ingredients to source.

2. Enjoy Regional Wines

There’s no denying that countries like New Zealand, Australia, Chile and South Africa produce some delicious wines, but those bottles have to travel a significant distance before they reach your table, producing significant volumes of carbon and using significant energy. Consider opting for European wines instead to help cut your carbon footprint. At our restaurants, we source all of our wines from western Europe and have some wonderful options from France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and even England. Save the planet, one glass at a time. Cheers!

3. Be a Curious Consumer

Look for sustainable businesses when choosing where to dine out, stay, or shop. Some businesses will have sustainability accreditation or information readily available, but if not, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Inquiring about the sourcing of ingredients, employment practices, and efforts to reduce environmental impact can help you to identify greener businesses to support, as well as keeping businesses accountable and highlighting the importance of green credentials to consumers. As a curious consumer, you’ll make more informed choices about the businesses you support.

4. Recycle Your Waste

When enjoying Grab & Go foods, make sure to recycle your waste whenever possible. Many of our packaging materials for our takeaway foods at our restaurants, and our Grab & Go foods at Café Ubé are recyclable or compostable, and we encourage you to dispose of them properly. We have plenty of recycling bins in our cafés, and public recycling bins are also available around the airport and in St Helier.

5. Bring Your Own Cup/Bottle

Travelling with a reusable cup or bottle is a simple yet effective way to reduce single-use plastic waste. Many establishments, including ours, are happy to fill your reusable containers with water, or we also offer a discount on hot drinks when you bring a reusable container instead of requiring a cardboard cup. It’s a small change that can make a big difference.

6. Choose Low-Carbon Visitor Activities

When exploring new destinations, opt for low-carbon activities such as walking, cycling, or visiting local parks and nature reserves. These activities not only have a minimal environmental impact but also allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings. Take a look at our Green Experiences guide for ideas of low-carbon activities in Jersey that you can take part in.

7. Go on Stay-cations or Use Green/Public Transport

Consider holidaying closer to home to reduce the environmental impact of long-distance travel. If you do travel, opt for green or public transportation options like trains, buses, coaches or ferries, rather than flying, or choose short-haul destinations to reduce your carbon footprint. If you do need to fly, consider nearby destinations like the UK and Islands or Europe, and consider offsetting your carbon to help support environmental projects. Once you’re in your destination, consider greener ways to get around, such as walking, cycling, or public transport.

8. Make Greener Choices in Visitor Accommodation

When deciding where to stay, think about the sustainability credentials of the visitor accommodation you’re considering. Try to choose accommodation that takes sustainability seriously, for example, accommodation that uses eco-friendly cleaning products, has energy-saving lighting, and that uses ethical employment practices. When staying in hotels or other accommodations, make environmentally-friendly choices such as reusing towels and linens instead of having them laundered daily, or opting out of daily housekeeping. Turn off any lights, appliances, or air-conditioning when you’re not using them, and consider energy-saving methods rather than relying on air-conditioning all the time, such as opening a window if it’s a little warm, or putting on a jumper on colder days.

9. Respect the Environment

It’s wonderful to get out and about, experience nature, and discover the environment, but it’s important to do this in a respectful way. Always take any litter home with you, or dispose of it responsibly in a rubbish bin before you leave.

Make sure you also respect any local rules or restrictions. In Jersey, for example, there are several “no take zones”, such as at Portelet Bay, where visitors are encouraged not to pick any flowers or plants, and not to take any sea creatures, fish, or other items, away from the beach, to help conserve the delicate biodiversity of the area.

10. Respect the Local Culture

When going on holiday, it’s important to appreciate and respect the local heritage and culture. In Jersey, there’s lots of ways to explore and appreciate the Island’s culture and history, from visiting a local heritage attraction to participating in local festivals or trying local foods.

Respecting Jersey's Culture & Environment

When exploring Jersey’s beautiful natural environment, make sure you dispose of any waste properly. Take all rubbish home with you to recycle, or dispose of it correctly using bins provided. Disposable BBQs should be allowed to fully cool before being thrown away, and any dog waste should be thrown into the correct bins.

Try to choose low-carbon activities where you can. When exploring the Island’s natural environment, leave any wildlife, plants, or flowers where they are. If playing outside or on the beach, return any rocks, logs, or other natural items to their original position before you leave: these may be an important habitat for local wildlife.

Jersey has a unique blend of different cultures, including linguistic influences from both France and England, as well as the Island’s own unique language, Jèrriais (sometimes called ‘Jersey French’).

Although the Island’s main official language is English, many Jersey road names are written in French or sometimes in Jèrriais, and there is a strong French influence in certain aspects of the culture and heritage.

Jersey has lots of traditions and cultural celebrations, including the annual Jersey Battle of Flowers celebration, and Liberation Day, which is celebrated every year on 9th May. There’s often exciting events to get involved in, but beware that some shops, attractions, offices, and restaurants may close or operate different hours during such special celebrations. There may also be delays or diversions to traffic, temporary road closures, or changes to the public bus timetable during special days and events.

These celebrations, particularly Liberation Day, are an important part of Island culture and a recognition of Jersey freedom. Although closures or changes can be a mild inconvenience, it’s important that visitors recognise the significance of such days for the local people.

Jersey’s unofficial national dish is called Jersey Bean Crock. It’s similar to a French cassoulet, and is a stew traditionally made from pork stock, vegetables, and different varieties of beans. Most traditional Jersey families have their own family Bean Crock recipe, and some local restaurants and cafés make it, too, particularly over the summer months when more visitors are around. We often serve it at Café Ubé, or at Jersey Crab Shack with local sausage and crusty bread.

Other local treats include Jersey Wonders: a deep-fried sweet snack, that’s a bit like a cake-y doughnut. They’re best eaten fresh from the fryer, as they can become quite dry if left for too long after cooking. Try them from one of the local bakeries in the central market, or at one of the Island’s regular fetes or farmers’ markets.

Jersey Royal potatoes, which are served all over the Island during the spring and summer seasons, are another of our best-known Island highlights, as well as Jersey Dairy produce from our famous Jersey cows. We use Jersey Dairy milk, cream, yoghurt, and ice cream across all of our sites, and you can also buy it from most grocery stores around the Island. Over the summer, don’t miss the Jersey ice cream vans around the Island’s beaches and tourist spots: Jersey Dairy make lots of tasty flavours, as well as traditional “Mr Whippy” soft-serve.

Locally-grown foods also include Jersey oysters, local crab, and Jersey lobster. We serve up crab and oysters all year round at Oyster Box in St Brelade’s Bay, as well as lobster when it’s in season. You can also sample local seafood from the Jersey Fish Market in St Helier, but make sure to check what’s been caught locally as a lot of seafood is also imported into the Island.

There’s lots of ways to explore and understand Jersey’s history, such as visiting local heritage attractions. Jersey Heritage cares for the Island’s medieval castles and some of its historic properties, with most available to visit for a ticket price that helps to support each site’s maintenance and protection.

Some elements of local history, such as some of the Island’s neolithic dolmens, Second World War bunkers, memorials, and other sites are free and open for all to access, but should still be treated with respect. Dolmens, for example, are very old, and while they may appear to be a pile of stones that make a great climbing frame for kids, they are actually irreplaceable historic artifacts from thousands of years ago. Such historic sites are there to be appreciated and enjoyed by all, but try to ensure you are respectful – be mindful of others when exploring historic sites, leave no damage, and make sure the site remains as you found it, so that others can enjoy it for years to come.