It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green

As Kermit himself acknowledges, ‘it’s not easy bein’ green.’ But, it is essential. Or, at least that’s what we believe. That’s why we endeavor to implement as many eco-friendly practices as possible, and why we remain open to suggestions for how to improve.

The restaurant industry is notoriously wasteful; therefore, it is critical that we do our part to limit our effect on the environment. Though we are just a small café, located on a tiny island in the middle of the North Atlantic, we know that our practices can still have impact.

Naturally, we make sure to recycle whatever we can. In the summer, we are able to provide local gardens and farms with our compostables, and at all times we are fastidious about limiting our waste output.

Some of the small ways in which we endeavor to do our part include the exclusive use of LED lights, paper straws, compostable and eco-friendly single-use cups, bamboo take-away cutlery, cloth napkins and bathroom linens. Our procurement philosophy also sees that we partner with companies that boast the highest ethical standards, taking into account their own global impact.

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Old is the New Black

It is no secret that we are big fans of up-cycling and recycling. Take just one quick look around the café and you’ll notice a number of vintage and antique pieces, many with a funny or interesting story (just ask us!). Of course, these elements lend to the aesthetics of our space, and help to give Bangbelly it’s eclectic style. Importantly, these pieces also help to reduce the amount of waste going needlessly into landfills and help to disrupt the process of mass production that out-of-the-box-new items require.

The vast majority of our dishware has been collected over time from vintage shops, and second-hand stores. The beauty of this approach is that not only do we get to interact with a variety of unique items every day, but the inevitable breakage that occurs in restaurants will never necessitate a large-scale replacement of our service wares.

Much of the fabrics used to upholster our soft-seating were also acquired second-hand from antique shops. We love the one-of-a-kind effect of these fabrics, and are always happy to find a use for upcycled materials.

One item in particular that is interacted with multiple times a day is our pastry case. Plug ‘commercial pastry case’ into your favourite search engine and you will immediately realize two things: firstly, aesthetics are hardly a feature that they can boast, and secondly… plastic. They utilize so much plastic.

Our workaround came during a trip to one of our favourite antique stores, when we uncovered a hidden gem. Amidst the jumble of of odds-and-ends, we found one part of an old, modular, glass-fronted bookcase. By building our own custom shelving and providing a little TLC, we were able to re-purpose the piece into something functional and beautiful, with a story.

Curious to learn more about up-cycling and how to disrupt the ‘cradle to grave’ manufacturing process? We highly recommend the visionary book Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart.