Day 154 / 365
The rise in recycling has allowed us all to feel like conscious consumers. The idea that we’re ‘saving the planet’ when we rid ourselves of something through recycling,makes us feels good, as it should. But the reality is, we’re just feeding, or rather chasing, the dragon of consumption.
*Of the coffee pods alone, the environmental issues coffee itself is a whole other story which I’ll cover in the next few days
To further deter, the machines themselves are prime growing for environmental mould, mildew, algae and biofilms due to the deliciously dark, warm, moist environment created in the internal tank and lines. Yum yum.
The company has been Carbon Neutral for nearly 10 years and produce their coffee under Fairtrade regulations, ensuring child labour (a huge problem in the coffee industry) is prohibited. The coffee itself is Certified Organic as well, which means you won’t be gulping down pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilisers and fungicides with your morning cup of jo (hooray!).
Ethical Bean also sells coffee which is not in pods and though the packaging for beans and grinds does not biodegrade (because foil-lined bags don’t keep beans fresh), they do offer a coffee bag return which are upcycled into tote bags or donated to schools for arts and crafts materials. For every 12 bags you return, they’ll give you one 340g bag of coffee in return.
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Delving into this piece on coffee pods has opened a can of worms for me in terms of the ethics and environmental issues around coffee which were astounding. I’m going to work through the information I found in the coming posts this week to share with you, but in the meantime, some of my fellow Ethical Writer’s Coalition homies have also shared stories on Ethical Bean and all their green and gracious goodness, which you can click through to read below. They’re all conscious creatures worth following, so don’t let this click be your last to them!
1. 6 steps to a sustainable coffee routine with ethical bean coffee, Sustainably Chic
5. Easy & Ethical Cold Brew Coffee, Gina Zammit
* [SPONSORED POST] Please note, this post is sponsored by Ethical Bea. I don't receive any editorial direction from brands with whom I work. Opinions and story substance are a collection of my own convoluted thoughts. Supporting brands like Ethical Bean helps support the likes of Leotie Lovely and the rest of the sustainable community which in turn helps the community as a whole to to thrive, flourish and grow!
* RETAIL LOCATIONS: You can now find Ethical Bean in CANADA London Drugs, Save on Foods, Price Smart, Overwaitea Foods, Loblaws, Buy Low Foods, Your Independent Grocer (YIG), Nesters, Choices Markets, Sobeys, Amazon.ca, and ethicalbean.com. USA Earth Fare, Lunds and Byerlys, PCC Natural Markets, Amazon.com.