Written by Tom Clarke • Published 1st October 2019 • 4 minute read

Whether it’s a Colombian, Guatemalan or an Ethiopian for most of us, the day doesn’t start until we’ve had time to enjoy a hot or cold cup of coffee. Today marks International Coffee Day, a day to celebrate and pay homage to the liquid rocket fuel that helps us through Monday and delivers us to Friday.

But rather than just focus on the coffee itself we’ve decided to look at the sustainable companies that are making sure that we’ll still be able to enjoy our favourite coffees in years to come and won’t impact on the environment.

Percol

If you’re a coffee consumer that wants to buy from a sustainable and organic brand, then make sure to check out Percol. Aside from supporting both the Rainforest Alliance and the Soil Association they have also been ethical innovators since their beginning and were the first UK company to go completely plastic-free.

Fast-forward to the present day and Percol’s entire roast and ground range are Fairtrade certified, which guarantees the farmers a fair price, decent working conditions and adequate training which will help to support the next generation of coffee growers.

Percol is stocked in all the major supermarket chains, so whether it’s instant, ground or even beans pick up a packet of Percol today.

Bio-bean

Meet the team of experts based in Cambridge who are making it their mission to create innovative impactful and sustainable change through coffee waste. It’s estimated that half a million tonnes of spent coffee grounds are unnecessarily discarded in the UK every year.

Using proprietary technology Bio-bean take spent coffee grounds from our lattes and americanos and sustainably renew them into valuable materials whilst significantly reducing their emissions. Whilst the usual process sees coffee ground waste left in landfill sites where they remain untreated and emit harmful greenhouse gases.

Ecoffee cup

Did you know that half a trillion disposable cups, that’s 70 cups for every person on the planet are manufactured annually around the world? Or that the single-use paper cup has been around for over 30 years? Since that time ecoffee cup estimate that over 3 trillion, (yes you read that right TRILLION) of them have ended up in landfill.

Ecoffee cup was created with one solution in mind, to help encourage people to opt against using single-use plastics. The cup itself has been developed through using natural fibre, corn starch and resin, it has a resealable ‘no-drip’ lid which means you don’t need to worry about spilling hot coffee on yourself if you’re on the move.

With a variety of different designs and different sizes available to choose from, it’s time we all start supporting the planet more.

 

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HALO

For most, firing up the espresso machine first thing in the morning is a necessity to get a jump on the day, but do you ever think about what happens to those little pods after they produce your coffee?

Aluminium capsules usually find themselves at the bottom of a landfill site or in the ocean where they will remain for 500 years. HALO is an example of where innovation meets sustainability, with the world’s first 100% compostable paper capsule made from sugar cane and paper pulp, and that’s just the pods.

There’s also a snazzy reward scheme where you receive HALO credits just for creating an account.

If you would like to find out more about how we could support your sustainable business then why not get in touch today or read about Ethique, the world’s first zero-waste beauty brand.