At Two Dollar Radio — our family-run indie publishing company (click here to visit our separate publishing website) — we print the majority of our books with Marquis Book Printing in Canada with the following environmental statement (updated February 2020):
*Printed on Rolland Enviro. This paper contains 100% post-consumer fiber, is manufactured using renewable energy - Biogas and processed chlorine free.
*FSC certified paper (inside and cover).
At Two Dollar Radio Headquarters — our family-run indie bookstore, vegan cafe & coffeehouse, bar, and performance space — with sustainability in mind, in no particular order:
- We built almost all of our tables, shelves, barstools, and bar ourselves, from local reclaimed alley wood, saving the resources that would have gone into new store-bought wood and preventing the alley wood from going to a landfill.
- We decorated our walls with reused decor from our homes or thrift stores.
- We serve a fully vegan menu, and even make our own vegan meats, cheezes, sauces, pizza dough and more in house, from scratch. (Visit The Vegan Society to read up on why vegan.)
- We compost all of the food waste we generate, both pre- and post-consumer waste, in our own Southern Orchards backyard. (Visit the Total Food Service website to read up on why food composting is magical.)
- We provide filtered tap water infused with cucumber at a self-serve station.
- We provide bulk condiments at a self-serve station.
- We provide paper straws instead of plastic straws. (Visit The Last Plastic Straw to read up on why plastic straws are so not cool.)
- We provide paper napkins made from 100% recycled paper (Earth Wise).
- We use bamboo knot picks in our burgers and sandwiches, rather than plastic.
- We provide paper takeout containers that are made from 100% recycled content (Sysco).
- We provide cool-drink takeout cups that are made from plants, in the USA, and are compostable (Greenware).
- We provide hot-drink takeout cups that are sleeveless, made from kraft paper, and are biodegradable and compostable (EcoChoice).
- We provide takeout utensils that are made from renewable natural plant sugars (Jaya).
- We use hand towels that are EcoLogo certified for reduced environmental impact (Sysco).
- We chose outdoor lighting fixtures that are fully shielded and Dark Sky Friendly, and turn on/off automatically with photocell sensors.
- We recycle all of our paper, cardboard, glass, metal, and plastic.
- We created a low-water pollinator garden in our outdoor public space.
- We installed occupancy sensors in our bathrooms, which turn off the lights automatically.
- We installed a programmable thermostat.
- We installed an Energy Star kitchen refrigerator.
- We hand-print our clothing merchandise right here in our store, using Bella + Canvas, an eco-friendly "USA strong" company.
- We hand-stamp our loyalty cards and gift cards on the back of recycled cardboard.
- We partnered with the City of Columbus to install bike racks on the corner of Parsons Ave and Cline Street.
- We source our tea from Rishi Tea & Botanicals. (Read Rishi's sourcing and sustainability statement.)
And we currently source from these fine local Columbus and Central Ohio businesses (updated August 2022):
- ONE LINE COFFEE — a family-run business with an emphasis on flavor, quality, sustainability, and traceability.
- HAPPY LITTLE TREATS — a locally owned vegan bakery that was formerly named “The Angry Baker.” All of their pastries are made by hand at their Short North Bakery which was established in 2017.
- KOKI'S TORTILLAS — a family-run business making corn and flour tortillas from scratch since 2001 in the Hilltop neighborhood.
- MUSHROOM HARVEST PROVISIONS — based in Meigs Country, purveyors of Mushrooms, Microgreens, Dairy and Pantry.
- LITT KOMBUCHA — a family-run, locally operated kombucha maker. We offer Litt Kombucha on draft or in glass bottles.
- OAT MILK — Made by hand in Ohio.