London’s Langham Hotel may be world famous for brewing up afternoon 150 years ago but now it is planning to make a similar mark on food waste.
The luxury hotel has teamed up with food waste app Karma to offer their coveted afternoon teas – complete with sandwiches, patisserie and scones – at half price.
All proceeds will be donated to The Felix Project, a charity that redistributes food which would otherwise be wasted, and gives it to homeless and vulnerable people inside.
Karma launched in the UK earlier this year and lets restaurants and eateries advertise their waste food to consumers who can then order it via the app and collect it.
Last year, 27,000 people worldwide earned an income selling street papers, making a total of £23.4 million.
So far, 400,000 consumers have used the app, according to Karma, and users are able to collect boxed teas from the Palm Court restaurant between 6.30 and 8pm everyday up until Christmas Eve.
“Any chef’s natural instinct is to keep food waste to a minimum,” said Chris King, executive chef at The Langham. “Making that happen while offering an abundant and generous spread to our guests at Christmas has long been a challenge that naturally leads to over-production. This initiative with Karma in aid of The Felix Project’s important work to help those in need is an obvious, and welcome, solution during this season of goodwill and one The Langham, London’s kitchen is proud to support.”
Elsa Bernadotte, Karma’s co-founder and COO, added: “The festive season is one of great generosity and charity; but also of over-indulgence and wastefulness. As such, it is an excellent time for us to partner with The Langham on this initiative. We hope to delight Londoners this Christmas, while also generating funding and attention for a hugely important issue.”