Worq commits to greener hospitality in its hotels and restaurants

Old man stands in field with two tree saplings
Guests will be invited to fund the planting of a fruit tree with a small donation.

In an effort to help its guests ‘go greener’, Worq Hospitality has entered into two new partnerships with environmental initiatives.

The Glasgow-based group, which is behind a number of hotels and restaurants across Scotland, has tied up with both ‘GiftTrees’ and ‘Too Good To Go’ to respectively plant carbon-offsetting trees and reduce food waste.

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The Riva Hotel, Helensburgh

Via GiftTrees, each room reservation at Worq’s Revolver Hotel in Glasgow’s Merchant City, and Riva Boutique Hotel & Restaurant in Helensburgh will give guests the option to plant a fruit tree in a Third World community, helping top absorb CO2 emissions, and lift families out of poverty.

The scheme extends to dining guests too, with customers given the opportunity to fund a Gift Tree at the end of their meal. Worq is involving three of its restaurants in this scheme – El Santo, its Latin American Bar & Restaurant in Glasgow; Chianti, its Italian Restaurant in Falkirk; and its restaurant within Riva Hotel.

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Jonathan Doherty of Worq Hospitality

“We are delighted that a number of our hotels and restaurants have joined the GiftTrees initiative,” said Worq Group managing director, Jonathan Doherty. “It’s a fantastic organisation providing a real solution.

“Sustainability is not just lip service. We know it’s become a buzz word but it has to be backed up with real action. We look at it as small steps coming together to form a larger jump!”

Commenting from GiftTrees, founder Marvin Baker said: “Worq Hospitality is to be commended – it is taking real action to become a truly sustainable business that also recognises that its customers want to be part of the action too. The Gift Trees they help fund will offset tons of CO2, lift families and children out of extreme poverty, and leave a real legacy for generations to come.”

A young tree planted in wet ground
A new tree can be planted with each reservation at a Worq hotel

At the same time, Worq is working with food waste initiative and social impact company, Too Good To Go, which enables restaurants to offer their customers the opportunity to purchase ‘magic bags’ of unsold food at discounted prices via the Too Good To Go app.

Doherty added: “We also look forward to getting involved in Too Good To Go in the next few months. It’s a great idea for local people to come and buy Magic Bags of our delicious food to enjoy at home with their families.

“All they have to do is sign up to the Too Good To Go app. It lets them know the locations and availability of the restaurants offering Magic Bags.”