Ealing now home to 'London’s first climate positive restaurant'

  Posted: 27.09.21 at 17:00 by Hannah Davenport

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A new café-restaurant has opened in the heart of Ealing this month which is said to be the first climate positive restaurant in London.

W5 Collective, located in Dickens Yard, removes more CO2 from the atmosphere than it emits - therefore achieving ‘climate positive’ status.

The café, which opened its doors on Monday 13 September, has managed to go beyond net-zero carbon emissions, with a focus on ‘sustainability, quality produce and community’.

It is the new flagship outlet for the Canteen Collective hospitality group, which also has the 79collective cafe on Lower Richmond Road in Putney.

Founder and CEO, Tim Grant said: “We want to make it easy for people to make better choices in their day-to-day lives to lessen their personal impact on the environment.

“Eating out shouldn’t come at the expense of our one and only planet, which is why we consciously curate every bite of food, sip of coffee and product for you to enjoy.”

Buy an Espresso Mar’tree’ni and a tree is planted. (Image: Canteen Collective)

How is climate positive status possible?

The Canteen team has analysed its carbon footprint across all activities and introduced a series of initiatives to reduce its impact.

They said that what's left is then quantified and 150% of that number is offset through a reforestation programme in Madagascar, Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia.

In the Ealing café, furnishings have been created from reclaimed wood and the dining room is decorated with real plants and a tree in the center.

Every element of the operation focuses on the target of zero waste, with no single use plastic.

All single use products are compostable and made with organic materials that will not harm the environment.

All waste is separated and processed to compost or recycle. 

Even the kitchen uses induction stoves, using green energy provider, Octopus.

Fruit and vegetables are locally sourced from Smith and Brock and the milk comes from Brades farm, where the herds of cows are fed garlic and citrus to reduce their methane output.

Coffee is sourced from a single farmer in Brazil, which helps support the farming community by committing to a much larger portion of their crop.

Their mission is to make it easy to turn small everyday habits into collective positive change.

They aim to show people that you can, ‘enjoy quality food and drink that are good for the planet and taste delicious at the same time.’

The café/restaurant provides coffee, brunch, daytime casual dining and drinks, boasting the best Espresso Martini this side of New York City, named an Espresso Mar’tree’ni.

If that doesn’t entice you enough then how about the fact a tree is planted with every Mar’tree’ni you buy.

Find W5 Collective at Dickens Yard, Longfield Avenue, Ealing, W5 2UQ.

Opening times are Monday-Wednesday 7am-6pm, Thursday to Saturday 7am-10pm and Sunday 8am-10pm.

Average price: £8.95

To find out more visit their website or follow them on Instagram @w5_collective.

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