Le Petit emphasizes sustainability
HUBBARD — Le Petit Bistro received a $10,000 grant from Marion County to support its sustainability efforts including the launch of a reusable to-go container program for both food and drink, on a scale that has yet to be attempted in the central Willamette Valley.
The bistro, which is located at 3490 3rd St., Hubbard, has a program to minimize waste by giving customers an option to take their food in a reusable container for a small deposit.
"At the heart of our quest is a commitment to prioritizing environmental justice whenever possible as many, if not all, social justice issues are intricately intertwined with the relative health of the surrounding air, water and lands," said Le Petit owner Ann Shultz. "Not only do we want to ensure our operation has as little negative environmental impact in this region as possible, but we hope to serve and uplift an area that has limited access to food and drink options outside fast food chains."
Le Petit Bistro customers are encouraged to use the provided containers or bring their own, with both being eligible for an incentive program.
The grant also allows Le Petit to establish a farm-to-table garden just outside its doors. Shultz said the bistro plans to grow much of its own produce and herbs needed for several menu items over the warm summer growing months.
Shultz noted that Le Petit has been thoughtful about sourcing from sustainable partners, like Caravan Coffee in Newberg and Lady-Lane Farms in Mulino. Caravan sources its coffee beans from all over the world making sure they meet strict social, environmental and traceability requirements. Lady-Lane Farm is a small, traditional, sustainable dairy that prides itself on its efforts to be environmentally friendly, with the highest regard to the well-being of the livestock. Lady-Lane also packages their milk in returnable glass bottles.
Le Petit's hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For information, visit lp-bistro.com, the bistro's social media pages or call 503-982-3195. Bistro orders can also be placed via the "Joe" app.
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