Respect the environment and reduce the negative environmental impact of our food systems
We have one principle that guides us in everything we do, and that is to reduce our environmental footprint. We’ve made a commitment to always make the most sustainable choice that we can make, and this extends much further than just the way we source our produce. Our restaurant is powered with green energy and we work closely with our energy provider to find ways to be more energy efficient and lower our energy consumption.
All the furniture in our restaurant has been hand made by our lovely carpenter duo Jan and Kim just a stone’s throw away in Christania. The birch wood that was used for it doesn’t just look great, it is also FSC certified and responsibly sourced in Europe. Even our beautiful iron windows, doors and table-stands were locally hand made by the amazing power ladies over at Kvindesmedien.
We’re trying to reduce the amount of plastic we use as much as possible, that’s why all our take away food packaging is 100% compostable. Only our bags and bowl lids are not compostable, but they are made from recycled paper and plastic and are fully recyclable.
We also want to encourage and reward environmentally friendly actions by our customers, that’s why we give you 5 kr. off every hot drink when you bring your own reusable cup.
It doesn’t even have to be a reusable Greta’s cup, but it will put a smile on our faces if it is, just because we think they’re beautiful!
We only use environmentally friendly cleaning products in our restaurant and we sort all our waste. Our paper and plastic gets recycled, our compost is turned into fertiliser and bio gas and all other waste is incinerated and turned into heating and electricity.
Eating more vegetables is great for your health, it increases your intake of fibre, minerals, vitamins and phyto nutrients. It’s also better for the planet because rearing livestock has a significant impact on the environment including the release of huge amounts of greenhouse gases (for more on this topic we recommend this fascinating read by Joseph Poore). Who doesn’t want to maximise their health and wellbeing all the while protecting and supporting the natural resources we all rely on? That is why we always have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available. But don’t worry, our primary focus when creating these dishes is not for them to fall into a specific dietary category, but to be damn delicious!
Another issue that’s very close to our hearts is food waste, we really don’t like it – at all! Food waste is unnecessary, expensive and we think it is sadly ironic that annually 1.3 billion tonnes of food (or enough to feed 3 billion people) are wasted or lost world wide, whilst 925 million people are starving.
If food loss and waste were a country, the greenhouse gas emissions created by it would make it the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter, surpassed only by China and the United States.
Even in Denmark, 700.000 tonnes of food are wasted annually in the entire value chain from farm to fork. If you want even more statistics, we recommend checking out this brilliant movement against food waste, founded by Selina Juul. That’s why we are very careful not to unnecessarily waste any food at our restaurants. We achieve this by cooking to order and by carefulluy gaging our daily needs of food preparation. We also know that a large proportion of food waste happens at farms, where vegetables and fruit are tossed out and left to rot in the fields due to cosmetic flaws or because they were produced as a surplus to account for weather fluctuation order cancellations and overstocking. We think it’s absurd to discriminate against a perfectly edible and high-quality carrot, just because she’s oddly shaped. That’s why we got in touch with the awesome food waste warrior duo Carolin and Petra from Grim. Whenever available, they provide us with the ugliest vegetables and fruit and we make sure to celebrate their funny shapes.
We’ve carefully thought about all the ways in which we can be a sustainable business, but we know there’s always more that can be done. So please, if you have any suggestions or know of any charity near us who might want to pick up any leftover food, don’t be shy and let us know. We would be thrilled to hear your suggestions!