Krista Leahy

Eco-Friendly Birdbath Bakery Serves Up Fresh Sustainable Baked Goods & Supports Local Farms

by , 06/02/11

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Recently, Inhabitat was welcomed into the 200 Church Street location in Tribeca, and lucky for us it was also CSA day which meant even more local and fresh produce to enjoy. Repurposed shipping crates still retaining the marks of being shipped around the world are used for the countertops as well as low seating along big windows that flood the space with natural light. For days when it’s a bit gloomy out the eatery uses vintage light fixtures with low-energy LED light bulbs. Similar to the Prince Street location, Birdbath Tribeca kept many of building’s original features including the iron-railing at the entrance of the bakery that adds to the space’s subtle décor.

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The interior is just about as natural as the food with walls made of wheat and the cups are made from corn — it’s as if the entire space is editable and good for you. In addition to the repurposed shipping crates, the floors contain only reclaimed wood from Pennsylvania and the counter top displays and shelves are made from 100 percent recycled paper.

Birdbath also prides itself on its use of local ingredients, many of them, such as honey and milk, come from farms just north of Manhattan, and all the flour is organic and produced east of the Mississippi. When ingredients like cocoa and sugar can’t be produced locally, they are sourced from organic and sustainable farms, many of them involved in fair-trade organization. The bakery is even helping to curb electronic waste with electronic recycling drop boxes at their locations!

The bakeries are all opened 7-days a week and offer a sweet (pun intended) 25 percent discount to those who arrive to the bakery on bike or skateboard. The bakery will also soon launch a data portion to their website that allows you to check out their energy consumption. Birdbath is dedicated to helping move NYC into a sustainable future and what better way to help them out than to stop on in and grab one of their tasty treats!

+Birdbath Bakery

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