Green Living: Wahaca
By Andrew Williams
Few things have made me as excited in recent months as the news that Wahaca is coming to Canary Wharf.
The thought of being able to grab a quick taco on the way home from work is already making me hungry.
I spent a year living in Mexico before we founded Seventeen and some of the issues I saw first hand there were an inspiration when it came to our business. So many conveniences which we take for granted are simply unavailable.
Drinking water is an obvious example. Even in the most cosmopolitan areas of Mexico, the water is not clean enough to drink. This means a roaring trade for bottled water suppliers, but misery for poor families trying to ensure their children have fresh water to drink.
By default, this creates an attitude of respect and care for water which we would do well to emulate. When you're paying good money to have water delivered to your home you tend not to waste it.
This focus on resource use extends across the board. It would be very rare to see discarded drinks can in Mexico - these are a valuable resource which can be traded in for cash at recycling points.
Mexico also has a thriving green tourism industry, encouraging visitors to care for the habitats they explore. Many popular destinations in Central America are cultural and archaeological treasures dating back thousands of years.
It's good to see that Wahaca takes responsible food sourcing seriously too. Their summer special is a mouth watering Devon crab and seafood taquito, featuring Marine Stewardship Council approved shrimp. All of their chicken and pork is free range and all meat is sourced from the UK.
Wahaca is due to open in the Park Pavilion in November - viva la revolucion!
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