Posted onNovember 02, 2018
Words byNicola McCormack
Photographed byRiya Shah
Walk along Mulberry Street in NYC and you might spot a calm, green space in the Nolita bustle—a cozy coffee shop festooned with plants. Aptly named Urban Backyard, it’s the brainchild of Martin Abcede and his wife Cindy Lin-Abcede, who serve sustainability alongside their Colombe Coffee.
The greenery doesn’t just enhance the rustic interior design and provide an escape for frazzled New Yorkers; it’s also the backdrop to the coffee shop’s environmental ethos. You’ll find the expected menu of coffees and teas (the Honey Rose and Lavender Peony is a local favorite), and a seasonal selection of pastries and desserts, but what you won’t find is single-use plastic or unnecessary waste.
Martin visited the ZACHARY PRELL showroom recently to try on some of our collection. We also talked about the challenges of creating a zero-waste business, and how quality fabrics that last can also benefit the environment.
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