by Monika Kowalczyk - 65 Reviews - 40 List
Long before being green was red hot, Austin had a solid grip on the mentality of environmental responsibility. Sustainability weaves itself into the mantras of Austin businesses galore: recycling and repurposing are huge concepts widely applied throughout restaurant construction and management, while organic and preservative/gunk-free foods reign behind the kitchen's double doors. Featured below are local eateries incorporating a green lifestyle worth commending.
(Photo: Eastside Cafe)
Updated: June 25, 2010
La Boite took the notion of recycling one's resources to the most literal level when it came to the construction of its South Lamar locale. In order to serve you your morning almond croissants and fair-trade organic brew, they brought it upon themselves to ingeniously convert a dingy old shipping container into a fully functioning European cafe.
Going green can mean more than selflessly swapping in your Ford F-150 for a trusty ol? bicycle. Although this is certainly possible at Mellow Johnny's (the adjacent bike shop), we encourage you to put those wheels aside and shimmy on over to Juan Pelota. This environmentally sensitive coffeehouse utilizes energy efficient machines, sophisticated reverse osmosis water purification systems, post-consumer recycled & compostable cups, and straws comprised of cornstarch in lieu of plastic.