Sustainability


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Throughout all of our business decisions and day-to-day operations, we are committed to making choices in support of our environment and society as a whole. 

Waste Not

Waste has numerous impacts on our environment including the release of harmful toxins to our air and waterways. Additionally, our society’s consumer habits contribute to the depletion of many of our natural resources. Spyhouse is working to lessen our environmental impact through the following actions:

    • Conversion of all packaging to compostable materials, including all to-go cups and lids
    • Reduction of energy waste by converting to LED bulbs 
    • Compost collection at all Minneapolis locations and recycling in all cafes
    • Majority of café furnishings are custom built using refurbished materials or sourced from local antique shops
    • We encourage guests to utilize our reusable Klean Kanteen with a 15% purchase discount
    • Retail coffee bag using Biotre by Pacific Bags, 60% compostable and made from 100% renewable materials
    • Partner with a local dairy farm utilizing reusable bottles
    • Offering compostable straws by request

Community

Spyhouse is committed to supporting the communities it serves. As a small business, we see the importance of supporting those who share our business values.

  • We strive to reduce food miles and ecological impacts by working with local and organic food businesses whenever possible; these partners include:
    • Crystal Ball Organic Dairy
    • Black Walnut Bakery
    • Mojo Monkey Donuts
    • Superior Switchel
    • Prohibition Kombucha
    • Co-op Partners
    • Trio Supply Company
  • Spyhouse annually contributes and donates to both local and national organizations. Examples of these include:
    • World Coffee Research: a percentage of all green coffee purchased supports their research to improve coffee production and the livelihoods of those who produce it, via the Checkoff Program
    • Juan Domingo's coffee from Guatemala: premium payment to the farmer (up to .50/USD for quality, based on PSS (pre-ship samples) and an additional .25/USD if the arrival sample scores just as well as pre-ship)
    • Golden Valley Humane Society
    • Support of local businesses: Hazel and Rose, Parc Boutique, Stellar Hair
    • City of Lakes Waldorf School Sponsorship
    • Direct Relief fundraiser and donation
    • ACLU
    • Twin Cities Pride
    • Immigration Justice Campaign
  • Spyhouse supports art within our community with exhibitions at our Whittier / Nicollet location, currently in partnership with MCAD / Minneapolis College of Art and Design, exhibiting art from students, alumni, and instructors.

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