One of the ethos I live by is to actively work towards reducing my impact on our planet. Some of the ways I’ve done this so far is by being more mindful of the food packaging or single use plastic I use, reducing the use of chemicals on my body and in our house, switching to a moon cup (too much info? sorry); reducing my intake of meat and jumping on a bike to get to work. I’m conscious of the choices available to me on a daily basis and try to support businesses that are doing the right thing too. It’s not always the easy (or cheapest) option for us or them, but I think it’s important to consider the “true cost” of a purchase.
I have to admit I’m not a “foodie”, I’m just as happy chowing down on Macca’s as I am to eating a raw, locally sourced, gluten free, vegan meal but I do appreciate, and am conscious of which one is better for my body and the planet. Two Birds is well known for their raw baking, which basically means no crap yummy goodness. Seriously. Check out the ingredients in their cakes, slices etc and you’ll see what I mean. I wouldn’t say knocking back a whole cheesecake is good for you… but if you’re going to do it…
Anyway… I digress. I’m pretty childish when it comes to diet, I’m much more at home telling you more about waste-minimisation. I even set up a group on facebook called Zero-waste Kirikiriroa to enable people to share tips, ask advice and reduce waste to landfill by swapping. Anyway … back to Two Birds.
For those who are familiar with the waste hierachy, you’ll know that recycling is good -but not using a disposable product to begin with is better. So while I may sarcastically slow clap someone when they say they always recycle at home (recycling is sooo 2017), the reason the Two Birds recycling wall is so cool, is because it reminds customers that even when they are “eating out”, their bottles have to go somewhere… I mean, is what cafes do with their waste even something you’d considered before? While Hamilton has a recycling service for glass, and plastics 1-2, the smoothie cups and coffee cups are a whole other kettle of fish – and have to be taken to a commercial composter (in Hampton Downs or (soon) Raglan). So well done to Two Birds for not taking the easy way out by putting it all in landfill.
Two Birds Eatery don’t just leave environmentally conscious practices at recycling, they take it further. Much further. They consider the packaging you take your slices home in, the packaging their suppliers send them products in, they use local suppliers when they can (less food miles) and da dum da daaa IF you take your Keep cup (Joco etc) in to Two Birds for your morning coffee, You get double stamped! Talk about an incentive to not use disposable cups. (Plus also, these cups are so pretty…).
I guess what I’m trying to say is Go check out Two Birds Eatery – it’s a cafe, offers catering and an event space. A little bird (get it…) told me to keep an eye on their facebook page for cooking classes soon too.
Massive thank you to Two Birds Eatery for being the Captain Planet of cafes in the Tron, and for sponsoring FreeFM local content!
You’ll find them in the Clyde Street carpark (off Grey Street) in Hamilton East.