We are committed to reducing the waste we generate – in everything we do!
Why it matters
There’s plenty of facts out there on why recycling or reducing our waste is important. The world population is growing, not shrinking, and currently each human being adds significant waste to the planet over their lifetime. By 2025, the World Bank estimates a staggering 6 million tons of waste will be produced each day. We know that if each person commits to reducing their individual waste, we create huge positive impact; couple that with businesses also contributing to reducing waste and now we are cooking with gas (environment joke)! When we care about what products we buy, use, and sell, that means less trash in landfills, waterways, soils, etc. We know this is important to our customers, to us, and our planet – so we choose to do something about it!
Here is what The Barking Buffalo Cafe does to reduce waste and create a more sustainable business:
- To-go Cups & Food containers
- All of our cups & containers (and lids) are 100% compostable, petroleum free, and made from plant fibers
- Coffee Reward Program – Reusable Cups
- We offer a 30-cent discount to encourage our customers to use their own reusable mugs for their beverages. Save money and the environment.
- Utensils, Straws, Stir-sticks, Shopping Bags
- All our straws, utensils, stir-sticks, and shopping bags are made from 100% natural materials and are 100% compostable and renewable.
- We recycle all of our milk containers, bottles, plastics (which we don’t have a bunch of) and everything else that we cannot use again.
- Repurposing and Up-cycling
- At the Barking Buffalo Cafe and our sister store, Salgado Fenwick, we can often be seen building or creating new displays or arrangements with our existing materials. This often means taking something apart to make it new (and fun) again. We use what we have and choose to love our stuff again and again.
- We give away our coffee grounds to our customers to use in their gardens.
- Tip: Composting coffee grounds helps to add nitrogen to your compost pile OR Use coffee grounds as a fertilizer to improve quality, drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil.
- Food Waste
- We have little to no food waste. We would rather sell-out of our food, than have it go to waste.
- Our Partnerships
- Whether it is our food suppliers or coffee producers, we choose to partner with likeminded businesses that prioritize sustainability and environmental stewardship.