Reduce, Re-use and Up-cycle

We’ve taken a measuring stick to waste — recycling, composting and repurposing wherever possible. Since 2009 when we started measuring, we’ve:

• Composted all our chaff and other waste at Smith-Rite’s composting facility in Squamish
• Diverted over 18,000 burlap bags from landfills while providing donations to various charities
• Offset 85 tonnes of carbon emissions
• Diverted over 600 cubic yards of recycled materials from landfills

Coffee Bag Return Program

As many of you know, we’re constantly searching for an environmentally friendly bag option for our coffee beans. Our greatest concern is ensuring you get the freshest, best possible coffee experience from your bag of Ethical Bean Coffee. The downside of this is that we need to use foil-lined bags to ensure that happens.

We’ve looked at everything from cardboard box alternatives to “compostable” bags. None offer a real solution as of yet, but we won’t give up searching.

In the meantime, we’re taking back all our packaging until we can find a viable solution to it going into the landfill. A percentage of our returned bags are upcycled into tote bags, some are donated to schools as arts and crafts materials – there are even some gardeners who use them as seeding pots. The rest get recycled through a unique program with TerraCycle.

Return 12. Get 1 FREE.


bagreturn-image_web3For every 12 empty bags of Ethical Bean Coffee you return to us – either by dropping them off at our office, or sending them in – we’ll give you a free 340g bag of freshly roasted coffee in return.

Pop them in the mail with your name, email address, and twitter handle (optional) and we’ll send you out
a coupon code to redeem on our online store. If you drop them off at our 1315 Kootenay Street, Vancouver office we’ll give you your coffee right away.

Do you have a suggestion for alternate packaging? How about an idea for upcycling our used bags?
Please email us with your suggestions.