Sumo Sushi & Bento has implemented eco-friendly and sustainable practices to conserve resources and provide healthier options to its customers.
The Japanese restaurant chain said in a statement, “It is committed to supporting responsibly sourced one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains”.
The commitment is in support of the global initiative, officially known as ‘Transforming our world; the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ established by the United Nations in 2015.
The 17 goals comprise 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues.
Sustainable consumption and production patterns are one of the key goals that came into force to fight depleting resources.
Tuna is the key ingredient for most dishes that feature on Sumo Sushi & Bento restaurant menus and the chain serves its customers with Yellow Fin Tuna sourced from fisheries with non-threatened stock levels.
Across its 15 outlets the company makes use of 6 tons of tuna per month to cater to the needs of its customers.
Sumo International Inc global marketing and communication manager Darami Coulter said: “We are working closely with supply chain partners, industry partners and local governments to address the challenge for sustainable consumption and responsible sourcing.
“The objective is to make Sumo Sushi & Bento the largest wholly sustainable restaurant chain in the region. Following the move to responsibly sourced food products, we will introduce recyclable packaging and energy efficient solutions in all our outlets.”
Research conducted by WWF and the Zoological Society of London indicate that Tuna and mackerel populations suffer catastrophic 74% decline between 1970 and 2012.
On an average, 4 million tons of tuna is fished annually, putting enormous pressure on stocks.
Sumo Sushi & Bento has made the change in all of its owned locations and has encouraged all franchise locations to join the movement as well.
The clarion call is yet to take effect as just one location has joined the efforts to use responsibly sourced tuna.
The company has also reassured its diners that the environmentally friendly additions will not affect prices at Sumo Sushi & Bento outlets.