These Colorado restaurants are good for your belly and the environment.
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If you're looking to put your hard-earned dollars and appetite towards a restaurant with eco-friendly and sustainable practices, consider giving these Colorado restaurants a shot.
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This upscale high country restaurant marries style and substance in its sustainability efforts. Jimmy's commitment to commercial composting, digital wine lists, a Vero water filtration system, LED lighting, straws upon request, and Green Kleen cleaning products show that no matter what type of dining experience you offer, you can always opt into eco-friendly choices.
Sazza Pizza + Salads - Greenwood Village
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From the shirts on the employees' backs to the cutlery to the furnishings from floor to ceiling, Sazza's mission of being as sustainable as possible has been successful since the start. Even the crayons they offer for little diners have been melted for reuse so that their play value is extended! If you love pizza, a welcoming atmosphere, and all-organic ingredients, this is one place you definitely need to visit.
Skirted Heifer - Colorado Springs
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This delightful, family-owned burger joint uses all Energy Star efficient equipment, 100 percent recycled take-out boxes and napkins, plant-based cups and lids for their drinks and frozen custard, furnishings made from trees salvaged from the Waldo and Black Forest fire, and uses bamboo flooring due to its faster growth than that of trees.
Ace Eat Serve - Denver
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Ping pong, an Asian-inspired menu, and recycled, reused, and repurposed materials are what make this North Capitol Hill hotspot unique. Ace Eat Serve also sources 100 percent clean wind power for every kilowatt-hour used and gives wind power discounts for employees and guests who partake in Arcadia Power’s clean wind power program. I can't list Ace Eat Serve without mentioning its sister restaurant, Steuben's, which also employs the same sustainable practices and locally-sourced food items. They also have lobster rolls which for all you coastal transplants who
invaded moved here can more than wholeheartedly appreciate.
Mercury Cafe - Denver
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This hip hotspot is by far one of the most unique sustainable restaurants in Denver. Along with being powered by wind and solar energy, Mercury Cafe supports the growth of vines over their windows and walls to help cool the building and absorb CO2. These vines also produce 200 lbs. of grapes each year, talk about a win-win!
Root Down - Denver
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Root Down offers an impressive organic, locally-sourced menu as well as a sustainable operation to support it. Root Down runs entirely on wind energy, composts 80 percent of their waste, uses biodegradable cleaning products and post-consumer unbleached recycled paper, and was constructed using recycled, reclaimed, and reused materials. One visit to this Highlands watering hole and you'll see why it's one of the most popular restaurants in town.
Taste Local Cafe - Loveland
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Not only does this Loveland eatery provide an all-local menu, but they also pride themselves on using compostable or reusable materials in their restaurant space as well as in their to-go boxes and other disposables. All kitchen waste is composted and then returned to the earth to grow more organic ingredients.