The Gold Coast food scene is one of the fastest growing in Australia. Its glowing reputation amongst Australia’s foodies is largely due to our proximity to quality local produce, profusion of talented chefs, and our tendency to be quick off the mark with the latest dining trends.
Never one to miss a trick, many Gold Coast cafes are quickly reading the market when it comes to conscious consumers, implementing a range of sustainability measures from going plastic-free to re-purposing everything they can get their hands on.
Here are five of our top picks for Gold Coast’s greenest cafes.
Ocean 4218 | 1A/2475 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Unsurprisingly, given the name, Ocean 4218 are all about saving our oceans from pollution. Plastic accumulating in our oceans and on our beaches has become a global crisis, with millions of tonnes of it choking up around 40 percent of our oceans, and subsequently much of our marine life. At current rates plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050. With that horrifying statistic very much in mind, Ocean 4218’s jam is all about going 100% plastic-free. All their delish and healthy salads, drinks and sandwiches are served in store or taken away using their compostable paper products made from sugar cane. They also stock a range of awesome eco-friendly products for purchase, so be sure to bring along your reusable shopping bags!
Blendlove | 1/253 Ferry Rd, Southport
The owners of this little plant-based gem believe that nothing is worth eating, if it hasn’t been created with love. Their range of delicious, nutritious treats are vegan, mostly gluten free, dairy free, and completely refined (cane sugar) free. Blendlove serves over 200 plant-based food items every day. Through substituting meat from their meals, they estimate they are able to save approximately 100kg in beef product, per day. Which is also the equivalent to 4000kg of grain, or 2.5 million gallons of water required to feed the livestock. This means we can actually save more water by not eating half a kilo of beef than we do by not showering for six months. (Disclaimer: Please don’t stop showering for six months). Great food, created with love, that helps the planet. That’s Blendlove.
Pasture & Co | 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley
Part of the Ground at Currumbin collective located in the lush surrounds of the Ecovillage at Currumbin, Pasture & Co promotes strong environmental and social values via offering a local and natural approach to living. Pasture & Co offers an organic, fresh menu with options to suit every taste including vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free and allergy free. The meals are largely sourced from local produce, and each business in the Co-Op space supports the others within the community through their eco-friendly, handmade, and sustainability practices. It’s well worth a visit to the entire village.
Caffe Republic | 150 Slayter Ave, Bundall
A single use coffee cup might seem like a small thing, but with 16 billion being produced each year, it adds up. Just to get some perspective, that’s the equivalent of 6.5 billion trees cut down, 4 billion gallons of water wasted, and enough energy to power 54,000 homes for a year. All wasted on a single use item, which is also often coated in a thin layer of plastic which prevents it from being properly recycled. Caffe Republic have a smart and simple solution to this issue: their Cup Club. Buy in for $10 and get a reusable cup to drink out of and bring back a dirty for a new one, every time. The cups are also made from rice husks, so they biodegrade. Oh, and the coffee is delicious. Need we say more?
BKA Vegan | 1/1837 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
BKA Vegan (Be Kind Always) is one of the newer cafes on the Gold Coast vegan scene and already its bright, fresh and innovative meals have basically hijacked everyone’s Insta. As well as reducing their footprint via their plant-based menu, BKA has also made the very conscious choice to use plastic-free suppliers and go single-use plastic-free. They also repurpose storage containers, bottles and food tubs, sometimes even sourcing from nearby restaurants who may have otherwise shipped old containers off to landfill. “Together we can change the future and lives one meal at a time”, they say, and we believe them.