As many of you know, we’re constantly searching for an eco-friendly bag option for our coffee beans. Of course, our greatest concern is ensuring you get the freshest bag of coffee possible. The downside of this is that we need to use foil-lined bags to ensure that happens.
We choose to use foil-lined bags over recyclable containers because the overall emissions are much lower when looking at the whole packaging life-cycle; production, energy use, transportation, and end of life disposal are all important aspects considered.
At the end of the day, a flexible pouch, such as our coffee bag, generates 75% less emissions than a plastic recyclable container.
Just think of the fewer trucks that need to be on the road to transport flat pouches vs. containers filled with air.
While we continue to look for a packaging solution with a more environmentally friendly end-of-life, we’re offering a bag return program.
For every 12 empty bags* of Ethical Bean Coffee you return to us, we’ll give you a free fresh bag in return**. We send all returned bags to an innovative recycling company—Terracycle—that specializes in developing zero-waste solutions for difficult-to-recycle waste streams. They clean, shred, and pelletize the plastic, and then find ways to integrate it into products already in production (e.g. park benches). Learn more about how it works here.
So, pop those bags in the mail with your name, shipping, and email address, and we’ll send you your free bag back. If you drop them off in person at our head roastery and cafe (if you’re in Vancouver, we’re right by Bosa Foods by Boundary and 1st), we’ll give you your bag of coffee right away, plus a free coffee to sip on while you’re here.
Address for shipping the bags (postage not included): Ethical Bean Coffee, 1315 Kootenay St, Vancouver, BC V5K 4Y3.
Do you have a suggestion for environmentally friendly coffee packaging? How about an idea for upcycling our used bags? Please let us know in the comments below. We love hearing your ideas. You’re a smart bunch, don’t you know?
*Including the bags from our pod boxes.
** The free bag incentive applies to our retail shoppers only, not wholesale accounts.
Chart Source: https://www.glenroy.com/sites/default/files/resources/Flexible_Packaging_Case_Studies.pdf