Bristol has a long association with the 'green' movement and is proud of its status as a Green Capital (2015). As well as being the UK's first Cycling City, Bristol is also a Fairtrade City which sees it trading fairly with nearly five million workers in 58 developing countries. To further boost its green credentials, Bristol is home to the Soil Association, Sustrans and the Bristol-born Ecojam.

For this week’s #FoodFriday we asked the Ecojam Bristol team to give us their suggestions for the best sustainable, green and ethical places to eat and drink in Bristol…

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Poco

Built from recycled materials and powered by renewables, this gem on Jamaica Street with super-friendly and knowledgeable staff, is one of our absolute favourites. Their fresh produce is 100% seasonal and 90% British, while the remaining ingredients are meticulously chosen for their quality, flawless ethics and reduced plastic packaging. 95% of waste is recycled, and bin bags are weighed each day to analyse and reduce future waste! Oh, and their Tapas is top notch too.

Friska

‘Feel good food’ is an ethos that echoes in not only the 100% free range BBQ pulled pork burrito and Chorizo and Chicken Gumbo Hot Box, but also in the entirely renewable energy supply and landfill free waste. A self-proclaimed, ‘place’ – not quite a café, not quite a restaurant – Friska has become one of our favourite places in Bristol.

Friska

Vx

The UK’s first chain of vegan shops, Vx’s mission is to “promote a cruelty-free vegan lifestyle without sacrificing taste”. And boy do they hit that mark. From mac and cheese to kebabs and burgers, to combinations of all of the above, their food will leave your morals intact and your seams bursting. I mean, who could refuse a mountainous vegan milkshake with a donut on top?

Foodcycle

Foodcycle aims to reduce loneliness and food poverty. Surplus food, collected from Sainsbury’s and independent retailers by volunteer cyclists, is transformed into hearty meals for all to enjoy at Barton Hill Settlement every Saturday. Student-run events also take place regularly throughout the city. They’re often advertising for volunteer collectors and cooks on Ecojam.

Flow

Just off the Bearpit, this well-hidden vegetarian restaurant is easily missed. Which would be a mistake, trust us. Combining flavours that you would never consider putting together, the food is exclusively vegetarian and locally-sourced, and some ingredients are even foraged. Friendly staff, delicious vegetarian food, a cosy candle-lit atmosphere – what more could you want?

The Folk House Café

We’re big fans of this cosy café tucked away on Park Street. 50% of their produce is organic and bought from local, trusted suppliers. Wholesome, sustainable and organic, Folk House is helping to create a ‘joyful world, one bowl of soup at a time’.

Folk House Cafe

A big up for The Oxford pub in Totterdown, too – quite possibly the first in Bristol to ban plastic straws because of the damage they cause to marine life.

About Ecojam Bristol: Ecojam is a jamboree of all things local, green and ethical in Bristol. Check out Ecojam to tune into local news and events, search for ethical jobs and volunteer opportunities and discover local green businesses and initiatives.

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Friska - Harbourside
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Friska - Harbourside

Friska was started with a simple idea; to open a place for breakfast, lunch and coffee which makes you feel great.

The Folk House Cafe
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The Folk House Cafe

They believe in helping to create a more sustainable, wholesome and joyful world, one bowl of soup at a time.