Bon Appetit is the on campus food service provider for Lafayette College. We operate under and implement the standards of both Bon Appetit and Lafayette College, but identify ourselves as Lafayette College Dining Services.
A sustainable future for food service means flavorful food that’s healthy and economically viable for all, produced through practices that respect farmers, workers, and animals; nourish the community; and replenish our shared natural resources for future generations.
We are proud to be the first food service company to commit to:
We are proud to have reduced our food waste by 30 percent in 2007 in our cafes across the country, when we first launched our Low Carbon Diet program (which has a major food waste component), and have been able to keep it down since. Currently, we estimate that the teams at our cafés divert approximately 40 percent (by weight) of what remains of their food waste from landfills. We try to stop waste from happening in the first place by:
Our first choice is to buy reusables. Where disposables are used, we opt first for those made with post-consumer recycled fibers, then that are recyclable, and then compostable if we have a closed-loop system with little chance of contamination. All of our cafes and catering services at Lafayette use the disposables with these standards.
At Lafayette College we have introduced eco-clamshells: a hard plastic clamshell that can be used many times and go through our dishwashing process to be sterilized. Guests make a one-time purchase of the clamshell from one of our cafes. These clamshells can be used in any café on campus. The program runs by the guest handing in their dirty clamshell to a cashier (we wash and sanitize each one for reuse). If you’d like to use the clamshell immediately, you’ll receive a clean clamshell. If it is a case where you just want to return the dirty and utilize the clamshell during a different visit, you’ll exchange it for a globe keychain. The next time you’d like to use the clamshell, you will hand the cashier your globe keychain and receive a clean clamshell.