Sustainable living, London 2019 – part 3, sustainable bars, cafes and venues

This post is all about sustainable bars, coffee shops and venues. The businesses listed here are working to be greener and better for the environment – reducing food waste, growing their own ingredients or locally and seasonally sourcing them. A large proportion of coffee shops have also taken on a social mission – providing training and work experience for young offenders and homeless people or challenging the narrow category of coffee shop and becoming a local community hub. A full list of places can be found here.

This time I’d like to start with my personal favourite, Easat London, category defying venues. As I wrote in the previous post, there is a variety of things that a hospitality businesses could do to become more sustainable – being plant based, local and seasonal, reducing the amount of waste its producing, cutting down on energy and water consumption are just a few of these things. E5 Backhouse for example, not only sources locally, seasonal and organic ingredients, but also serves as a bulk shop. Grow hackney sources locally whenever possible and is also a community hub, much like the Canvas Cafe and the Love Shack, which are both vegan too. 

Grow, Hackney

The war on plastic resulted in straws being banned  in many cafes and bars. In coffee shops, discounts for customers using reusable cups is becoming the norm and some places even sell their own branded reusable cups. Few coffee shops, like  Bean&Wheat, have taken on going zero waste, while a relatively large number of coffee shops have taken on a social mission. Cafe from Crisis provides training and work experience for people experiencing homelessness, as does Change Please. Redemption Roasters work with young offenders and  Trew Era Cafe employs former drug users. 

Long Arm Pub

The bar scene and especially cocktail menus are going zero-waste with places like Scout in Hackney and  Nine lives in Bermondsey. Fresh fruits and herbs are often replaced by cordials and bitters to avoid producing waste. Brixton Port Authority serves locally made beers and spirits and Long arm pub in Shoreditch makes its on beer in-house. 

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