Posted by: ecodestination | April 9, 2009

Eco Eats in London, Pt. 2

I knew you wanted more, and here you are to prove it!

Acorn House

Acorn House

Acorn House

Let me begin by saying that this shop was built in part with recycled and organic materials. Score. Next, they shun foods that reach London by ship or train. They compost. The generate their electricity from wind power. They propagate eco responsibility actively by “provid[ing] leadership within the catering sector with regard to” such policies. Sweet. You can also ask for small or large portions and their menu wears fancy pants.

Also, they buy certified fair-trade products from third-world countries-wait. So they’re not into ships or trains to carry their food to the restaurant, but if it’s by some other form of transportation, purchasing foods from way the hell far from London’s OK? Now I’m confused (my poor little pruny brain!). Some not-so-kosher food for thought here.

So, which factor(s) outweigh(s) the other(s)? Your call.

Water House

Water House

Water House

This restaurant is new, only 3 months old! So young and so rad: it feeds off hydroelectric and solar power. It’s located on the Regent’s Canal (just in case you were interested). Hydro-carbon fridges reduce energy consumption, worms eat up the compost, toilets are paperless, and they filter water on-site to avoid having it shipped over. Pretty good!

They never throw out trimmings, which makes me smile. All the wasted food, even from horrible places like McDonald’s, could certainly be put to “good” use by going to the hungry-ok, this is interesting. Would it be better for them to go partially hungry, or develop health conditions from the crappy food? Maybe, if they’re lucky enough to also get Water House’s trimmings, anyone who might eat up McDonald’s food would end up relatively all right.

Ok, I went off on a tangent, there. As it turns out, Water House uses up all the trimmings (wait, is that hygienic? What if what’s left on the plate is infected with the viruses of someone who’s becoming ill with the flu, for instance?).

Anyway, at Water House the idea is that you won’t be spending too much because they keep costs low by buying sustainably grown food and using it all up.

Another plus: profits go to regenerate Shoreditch Trust, an award-winning charitable regeneration agency (which owns Water House, ha!). That’s funny.

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