In this blog we’d like to shine a spotlight on our sustainability, environmental impact and carbon footprint policies.
As a mail order coffee subscription company here in the UK, we realise that we must always carefully monitor our climate footprint. We have speciality green coffee shipped from origin thousands of miles away to storage warehouses in Europe. From there, the greens travel to our partner roasters (both here in the UK and further afield). The roasted coffee then makes it's way to us and finally to your doorstep to enjoy.
In light of that coffee journey, we put environmental and sustainability at the centre of everything we do and there’s a couple of fairly new initiatives to get you up to speed with.
Our electricity supply here at HQ is now generated by 100% renewable sources and supplied to us from Bulb Energy who source electricity from wind, solar and hydro. They work with generators of all different sizes, from small-scale sites like Tyn y Cornel Hydro in Snowdonia to large-scale off-shore wind farms - by switching to renewable energy, we can save approximately 3.5 tonnes of carbon per year.
In addition to this change, we also support Offset Earth who plant trees and fund the world’s best climate solutions.
Every month Offset Earth plant trees on our behalf to help us become climate positive and offset our carbon footprint and business travel. Whilst science on climate change is ever evolving, it is widely recognised that restoration of trees and forest habitats remains amongst the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation.
Offset Earth work with their partner organisation Eden Reforestation to help reduce the impact of climate change and also reduce extreme poverty in some of the worlds poorest regions by working with local villagers to plant trees. The villagers now have an economic incentive to ensure the wellbeing of the restoration project. They also have a sense of “ownership” over the trees and restored forest and they protect it with great care
We currently have 124 trees planted in our grove within a 1354 hectare mangrove forest on the north-west coast of Madagascar. Scientific studies have shown that mangroves can store carbon between two and four times more quickly than mature tropical forests and also serve as a key part of the coastal ecosystem.
Head over to Offset Earth to read more and see the impact it is having - at the time of writing, we had 124 trees and 2.34 tonnes of carbon reduction).