Since opening in February 1975, Irregardless Café & Catering has been serious about its ecological footprint. Below are the business practices in place making a positive impact on the environment.

Irregardless Café has been a leader in Environmental Sustainable Practices:

  • The Café was built using recycled materials, and after the 1994 fire designed new building to recycle original materials
  • 10 solar thermal panels to heat water needed to operate the business
  • Water conservation with low flush toilets and well maintained sinks
  • Recycled cardboard, glass, metal, plastic and printer cartridges decades before mandated by the City
  • Composts coffee grinds and pre-consumer kitchen scraps at the Well Fed Community Garden
  • Recycle cooking oil weekly
  • Grow organic produce at Irregardless’ urban agriculture venture: The Well Fed Community Garden, purchase from local farmers and at farmers markets
  • Fair traded, shade grown, locally roasted coffee
  • Regular donor of leftover foods to homeless shelters
  • Minimize pollution by purchasing bulk and reusable products
  • Use biodegradable, post consumer recycled, and chlorine free disposable paper products
  • Only energy efficient light bulbs throughout
  • Keep all vans tuned-up and tires full to improve fuel economy
  • In an attempt to reduce single-use plastics, we are one of Raleigh’s freeFILL water sites. Anyone can bring their re-usable water bottle to any server or bartender in our cafe and we will fill their water bottle for free.

Irregardless has won numerous Sustainability Awards:

  • Green Plus Small Business of the Year Award by the Institute of Sustainable Development
  • NC Pinnacle Sustainable Business Award by at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Environmental Award in Market Transformation by City of Raleigh
  • Green Business Leader of the Year Award from the Triangle Business Journal