We designed Bubby’s Kitchen from an environmentally conscious perspective. Our unique curved bench is a cord-wood, cob structure. The wood came from local Douglas fir obtained from a small tree farm in the Cowichan that manages their forest sustainably. Mixed on site the cob is a blend of sand, clay, straw and water. Once a cob structure is dry it’s incredibly strong – like cement! There are still houses in England and elsewhere that have been standing for many hundred years just out of cob! As the cob was drying we gathered driftwood and pressed it into the top of the bench, mostly as an esthetic choice paying tribute to the ocean a few blocks away. Once the cob and cord wood bench were dry they were covered in a natural green pigment, and then lots of linseed oil was rubbed into the cob to help protect it from scratches, etc. Nothing on the cob bench is chemically manufactured, it’s all made from naturally occurring elements that surround us in the natural environment. We added cob to the pillar by the coffee area, as well as in three counter panels enhanced with driftwood. If you see green, you’ll be looking at cob!
As best as we could, we focused on creating a new space for people to gather that was without toxic finishes and that respected ours and the wider community’s concerns for the environment. In this aim we chose locally produced fir flooring with a water based finish, we finished the walls near the cob bench with ‘American plaster’ (a zero VOC compound – these walls feel like fine sandpaper), our floor tiles are Eco-friendly; the tables are made from crushed sunflower seeds; the tall table and counters are locally-sourced live edge maple; only low VOC paints were used; and we primarily use LED lights to save energy.
This philosophy continues with the foods we source and serve at the Kitchen. All of the beef, pork and chicken we use is hormone and antibiotic free, naturally raised, even the bacon and hot dogs (which are made just for us). We serve Discovery Coffee which we think is one of the best in the city, and they share our sustainability practices. All of our water is filtered, all of our bread, hamburger and hot dog buns use only organic flour. And, of course, we make our soups, sauces, jams, dressings, etc. from scratch to ensure the integrity of ingredients and freshness. All of our employees are active in a stringent composting and recycling program. Recently we proudly accepted a Gold Certification from the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification program.
We are very proud and happy to share this part of the Bubby’s Kitchen story with you and are hopeful that these sorts of decisions will inspire others to check out all the ways we can create spaces and serve food conscientiously.
Thanks for your support!