While there, waiting for all the yummy layers to be layered, I noticed some signage for Grounds for Change--their coffee source. I'm not a coffee drinker, but more of a green tea girl these last 18 months (previously a Diet Coke aficionado), so I usually don't pay much attention to coffee. But their mission of sustainability is what hit me first, causing me to do a deeper dive.
The Seattle-born company's notables:
- 100% free trade
- Much of their coffee is shade grown--which creates habitats for the migratory birds.
- They use 100% renewable energy on all sides of processing, packing, and shipping. Therefore, they are considered "Carbon Free Coffee."
- They use composting for all organic waste (including coffee filters)--the coffee chaff is given to local farmers to enrich their soil.
- Packaging is made from 100% recyclable paper
- Burlap coffee bags are recycled by donating them to local farmers to hold back the weeks and stave off erosion.
- They donate 1% of their gross annual sales to social/environmental organizations
- They empower women in the coffee growing communities, many of whom are the ones to the do the lion share of creation.
- And, they work with local/national organizations to promote positive change and awareness.
Video from https://groundsforchange.com/blogs/learn/carbon-free-coffee; Images from https://dailycoffeenews.com/2012/02/22/grounds-for-change-partners-with-greendeals-for-sweepstakes/ and https://bcorporation.net/directory/grounds-change.