World Environment Day 2018

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Today is World Environment Day, and it’s yet another reminder that we need to focus on sustainability now more than ever.

At Bewley’s, we’ve been practising sustainability long before it had a name. Our Quaker values of community, equality, honesty, fairness and integrity of character are at the heart of our approach and conduct, whether it’s building sustainable relationships at origin through Fairtrade or developing sustainable products. Earlier this year, we launched our 100% compostable coffee capsules, and, just last week, we launched our 100% compostable and 100% recyclable takeaway cups. These are just two examples of our on-going commitment to sustainability and a reflection of our long-standing mission to lead by example.

Compostable is a key topic on everyone’s minds, especially as a solution to the single-use epidemic that takes its toll on the planet. By releasing both a compostable and recyclable cup, we are addressing this issue directly. But why compostable and recyclable cups, when so many other companies have chosen to go with compostable exclusively?

Compostable vs. Recyclable Cups

While compostable may seem like the best choice for the environment, recyclable is currently the most practical option for Bewley’s Grafton Street and a number of our other customers. As a company who prioritises long-term sustainability, we’re always looking to move forward, but only in a way that’s most viable for the community and the environment. Recyclable bins are readily available at home, in work, and on-the-go, which makes for a more practical end-to-end solution. Compostable cups can work very well in closed environment situations but it’s important that people are made aware that these cups are only compostable in a dedicated composting facility. It is not possible for these cups to be disposed of in a garden composting heap or by other home-composting methods. Did you know, when compostable cups are not disposed of properly, they can cause as much, if not more, harm to the environment than a traditional cup in landfill? As a compostable cup breaks down in general waste landfill, it releases more Co2 in the process than a regular cup does. There’s also harm in disposing of compostable cups in recycling bins: just one compostable cup or lid in a recycling bin can cause the entire bin to be contaminated and therefore unfit for recycling. These are all key factors that have helped in our decision in not only offering the option of both recyclable and compostable to our consumers, but also making a point of educating on how best to dispose of these products, to the benefit of the environment.

Looking forward…

As Ernest Bewley would say, “I want the best, and that’s not good enough”. We are constantly finding ways to innovate as a sustainable business, not only in our products but in our practices. Bewley’s has developed its sustainability strategy across three areas of activity: impact on the environment, ethical sourcing and relationships, community responsibility and involvement in the local community.

  • We work with our trade customers to deliver products and services that deliver sustainable profitability for their business and ours.
  • We work with coffee farmers, tea producers and other suppliers to deliver safe and responsible products.
  • We engage with NGO’s and industry groups to establish standards and address complex supply chain issues.
  • We make positive contributions to local community groups through financial contributions and employee involvement programmes.

There are plenty of choices you can make as a consumer in your day to day life that will have a positive affect on the environment: switching to compostable coffee capsules, or choosing a sustainable cup for your morning coffee are just a few of the simple changes we should all be making. Share the changes you’ve made to make the planet a better place with #BetterWithBewleys

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