In a world where the average restaurant creates thousands of pounds of garbage and food waste a year, one stylish Bellingham cafe is attempting to make a difference, one glass jar at a time.
Since opening in January of 2019, Anmly (pronounced“anomaly”) Cafe has been serving up aesthetic lattes, smoothies, and inviting-looking food with sustainability in mind. The bright and airy shop is located in the first floor of Bellingham Towers.
Owner Emile Diffley was inspired to make his space zero waste after years of working in the restaurant industry, where he saw tons of unused food and material go in the trash on a regular basis.
If you’re planning on leaving Anmly with a paper or Styrofoam to-go cup in hand, you’ll be disappointed. But don’t worry. If you’re not prepared with a personal mug, the cafe offers lidded glass jars for a $1 deposit. Customers can either return their jar for their dollar back or keep it for next time.
In addition to eliminating toss-able to-go cups, they’ve cut down by using handmade cloth napkins, upcycled drink sleeves—even employee’s shirts are thrifted and reprinted with the Anmly logo.
Diffley says the menu is always changing, so take a seat on one of the shop’s pieces of repurposed furniture and see what they have to offer.