Copper Branch is not your average quick bite restaurant. Sure, most restaurants are slowly easing into the idea that the food industry is one of the most pertinent factors in climate change, perhaps by introducing the Beyond Meat burger, or not offering plastic straws. However, the Copper Branch’s very ethos is providing healthy and delicious food while also using sustainability and eco friendly methods, ingredients, and practices.
Copper Branch is an international franchise, with locations in Canada, the United States, France, and Belgium, and with all stores specializing in providing healthy plant based power foods. The story behind the company is one of honesty and simplicity; the founder, after suffering from years of health problems and weight gain, decided to leave behind working in the fast food industry and instead provide healthy, nourishing, accessible, and sustainably sourced food. There are many locations throughout Canada, however this is Kingston’s first Copper Branch store, located on 268 Princess St.
Copper Branch is next level in their dedication to the environment, most notably by only using plant based products, among other things. Their menu has a variety of options, and also provides gluten free options (a consideration that can sometimes be difficult to come across when living on campus), with the most beloved menu item being power bowls.
While eating out at a place that has higher end ingredients may seem daunting to your wallet, Copper Branch has a rewards program. All you need to do is sign up for the rewards program, and you can use your rewards card on every purchase to earn points towards obtaining a free meal. For every dollar spent you receive 20 points, and for every 1,000 points earned you gain a dollar back in credit. The Rewards Card program is a testament to Copper Branch’s mission to make healthy food accessible and sustainable; in addition to other aspects of the company’s commitment to the environment, a portion of the funds acquired by the purchases made on a Rewards Card goes to the Rainforest Trust.
The Rainforest Trust is an international organization that saves ecosystems, land, and endangered species; over the past 30 years they have saved approximately 23 and a half million acres of important land. While the Rainforest Trust is supported by Copper Branch through the Rewards program, Copper Branch also supports a multitude of partnerships for a variety of uses. For example, the food supplement brand Garden of Life is one of the store’s “Power Partners” acting as a provider for some of Copper Branch’s ingredients.
Copper Branch deserves our attention, specifically as a resource for the conscious consumer to use when looking at where to get food in Kingston (or other parts of Canada, the US, Belgium, or France for that matter).