23 Eco-Friendly Spots to Eat / Drink / Shop in WNY

Photo courtesy of Remedy House

Updated November 2019

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that our world has some serious shaping up to do, and the only way to fix it is if its’ residents (that’s us people!) start taking care of it. One of the simplest ways to start is by reducing our use of plastic and disposing of our waste consciously.

Throughout your travels outside of Buffalo, you’ll notice that cities have been eagerly giving their best efforts to make this world a better place. We’re excited to share that WNY has joined in the efforts of making a difference. Here is a guide to local businesses that are making a difference. We only have one earth, so let’s treat her right! *sips tea out of a paper straw*

Did we miss one? Email editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com with details!

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Photo courtesy of Fresh Catch Poke Co.

1. Fresh Catch Poke & Fresh Catch Poke and The Galley Lounge

5933 Main St. #101, Williamsville, NY 14221 / 500 Pearl St Suite 107, Buffalo, NY 14202 / Website

What you can find:

  • Biodegradable packaging and tableware
  • Composting area- They are working with local compost companies to transform kitchen waste into something that helps power future organic growth
  • Eco-Conscious menu options

 

2. Elm Street Bakery

72 Elm St, East Aurora, NY 14052 / Website

What you can find:

  • Farm to table menu options
  • They are committed to using the whole animal throughout their dishes
  • Inspired by simple dishes that allow a chef to cook sustainably

 

3. Spot Coffee

Multiple Locations / Website

What you can find: Paper Straws

Wegmans store front / photo courtesy of Wegmans

4. Wegmans Food Markets

Multiple Locations / Website

What you can find:
  • Sustainable packaging. Using less plastic, reducing food waste, using renewable and recycled content, and increasing recyclability
  • Wegmans diverts more than half of the waste generated by their stores and facilities from local landfills and they are committed to using strategies that move towards zero waste
  • Paper straws in Buzz Coffee Shop and Cafe
Photo from Ashker’s Juice Bar’s Facebook

5. Ashker’s

1002 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 / 414 Amherst St. Buffalo, NY, 14207 / Website

What you can find:
  • Paper Straws
  • Reusable glass mason jars for food and drink storage

 

6. Perks Cafe

448 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 / 346 Connecticut Street, Buffalo, NY 14213 / Website

What you can find:

  • Paper Straws
  • Paper takeout containers

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Root & Bloom
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7. Root and Bloom Cafe

2209, 423 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 / Website

What you can find: Paper Straws

 

8. BreadHive Bakery & Cafe

402 Connecticut St, Buffalo, NY 14201 / Website

What you can find:

  • Paper Straws
  • Composting waste
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9. Steamworks Coffee

51 Canal St, Lockport, NY 14094 / Website

What you can find: Has a future company goal of becoming a waste free environment

 

10. The Silo

115 N Water St, Lewiston, NY 14092 / Website

What you can find:

  • The Silo is committed to taking responsibility and doing their part to gradually reduce their carbon footprint and dependency on one-use plastics
  • Offers reusable tumblers for use all season, to further reduce the paper waste for their customers.
  • They use bi0degradable paper cups, straws, and take-out bags
  • Uses ethically sourced, and biodegradable products
  • Encourage customers to recycle what they can, including all cans and bottles with bins around the restaurant.
  • They recycle their fryer oil into bio-diesel to power their Catering Truck!

11. Remedy House

429 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213 / Website

What you can find: Paper Straws

 

12. Burning Buffalo

1504 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / Website

What you can find: Paper Straws

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13. Wellington Pub

1541 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / Website

What you can find:

  • Paper Straws
  • Paper to-go containers
Photo from Green Eats’ Facebook

14. Green Eats Kitchen and Juice Bar

6445 W Quaker St, Orchard Park, NY 14127 / Website

What you can find:

  • Reusable glass straws for purchase!
  • Reusable glass bottles
  • Cups are plant based and compostable
  • Bamboo straws in iced teas
  • Smoothie hay straws coming soon for a $0.25 donation and can be reused 3-4 times

 

15. Sweet Ness 7 Cafe 

220 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213 / Website

What you can find:

  • Compostable cups and containers
  • High efficiency mechanicals and a rooftop garden
  • Encourages customers to be mindful of their waste
Bar Bill
Photo from Bar Bill’s Facebook x @rockandbrock

16. The Bar-Bill Tavern

185 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052 / Website

What you can find: Paper Straws

 

17. Rohall’s Corner

540 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY 14207 / Website

What you can find: Paper Straws

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18. Ballyhoo

211 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204 / Website

What you can find: Paper Straws

 

Shopcraft
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19. Shopcraft

773 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14222 / Website

What you can find:

  • Products by a community of handmade and eco-conscious artisans
  • Committed to minimizing their environmental footprint

 

20. Blue Sky Design Supply

978 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 / Website

What you can find:

  • They sell products made from recycled, uncycled, rapidly renewable, durable, and low toxin materials
  • Everything they do is a focus on sustainability, from their products to the overall layout of the shop!

 

21. Lloyd Taco Factory

1503 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / Website

What you can find: 

  • Compostable straws made from Krazy Korn

 

22. Allen Street Poutine Company and Hertel Avenue Poutine & Cream

242 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14201 // 1488 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / Website

What you can find: 

  • Wooden utensils, paper straws, and cardboard ice cream scoop and to-go containers (all biodegradable and compostable)
  • Reusable metal baskets

 

23. The Poppyseed Restaurant

3670 McKinley Pkwy #23, Buffalo, NY 14219 / Website

What you can find: Paper Straws

 

Did we miss one? Email editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com with details!

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