Materials

A variety of sustainable finishes and materials are utilized in the construction of our modular cafés. Beginning with the front counter surfaces that are constructed from the non-edible portion of corn stalks after harvesting, all of the vertical and horizontal finished surfaces are constructed from a combination of FSC certified, post-consumer recycled, rapidly renewable, and/or post-industrial scrap materials.

Front of counters

Used as the material for many of our vertical surfaces, Kirei Board is constructed of reclaimed corn after harvesting. This method of production greatly reduces forest clear cutting, air pollution and landfill use.

Laminate

Made of 40% controlled wood fiber, 20% post-consumer recycled material, and 10% rapidly renewable eucalyptus material, the Wilsonart laminate used as both vertical and horizontal surface materials is the first laminate material in North America to obtain FSC certification.

Lighting

We use LED lighting modules throughout our café structure.

Stainless steel

All of the custom stainless steel finishes used throughout this café are 100% recyclable.

Countertops

Many of our countertops are constructed with Alkemi, an SCS certified material made from fine, flake aluminum milling scrap that would normally create a heavy smoke pollutant when exposed to conventional aluminum recycling. Alkemi, however, leaves no hazardous footprint.

Pick-up area

Durat, the material used in the construction of our drink pick-up area, contains 30% recycled post-industrial plastic waste, which significantly reduces landfill volume.

And for those things you can’t see:

  •  The “bones” of the entire café structure are made from 100% recyclable stainless steel
  • All of the interior shelving and countertop materials are produced from FSC certified plywood
  • Our canopy is constructed of recycled aluminum composite material (ACM)
  • All printed materials utilize curable inks which contain little or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) solvents