Rethinking Our Environmental Responsibilities
We recently announced our partnership with Food is Free Albuquerque to sponsor their Accessible Gardens program, which aims to create a “network of helpers to help create garden spaces for community members experiencing hardships”. It’s a wonderful program (you can read more about it here) that we are happy to be a part of. You can be a part of it too by nominating someone you think is deserving of an Accessible Garden. Nominations for Accessible Gardens are open until February 1st.
Sponsoring an accessible garden is the perfect way to start off 2020 because we ended 2019 by reflecting on our responsibility to our community and to the environment. Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint through clear measurable actions and to provide ways for our customers to actively participate in the work we’re doing. We’ve put together a long term plan with actions we can take immediately, in the next few months, and in the near future.
We already recycle all cardboard and we are in the process of changing our packaging. We have already changed over to new packaging. Over the next month you will see fully compostable cup lid, straws, and clam shell to go containers. We have always used Kraft coffee bags instead of foil, but are looking for a new bag that has a PLA liner which is also compostable. We will also add a bin in our shop that you can use for specific compost package items.
In The Next Few Months
We will have reusable coffee cups and reusable whole bean coffee containers for sale in order to help reduce single use packaging. Customers will receive a discount when they use their reusable containers.
In The Near Future
We are looking to partner with a service that can handle commercial level compost. We are also looking into replacing as many of our products with fully recyclable alternatives as soon as possible.
In addition to everything we are doing at the store level, we are continuing our partnership with The Coffee Trust, which, as part of its ongoing work with coffee farmers, is working on large scale carbon reduction.
All in all, we’re excited about what we’re doing now and about where we’re going in the future. We hope you’ll join us!