Sustainability in Coffee: How Coffee Can Wake You Up to So Much More
You might have heard of sustainable brands promising to lessen their carbon footprint, lessen greenhouse gas emissions, or recycling in their manufacturing process. But how does it happen with coffee?
Coffee is one of the biggest industries in the world and because of the extraordinary demand for coffee, companies have been producing massive quantities of it at a rapid pace for years, and not always using the best practices.
What’s the issue with coffee?
To create large volumes of coffee to meet global demand, corporations would need tens of thousands of laborers and a big plot of land to grow and harvest coffee beans. There are many cases where workers are underpaid or exploited due to the fact that corporations are not willing to spend more to provide a fair wage so they can retain their prices and profit. It’s been known that the coffee industry has one of the highest numbers of forced laborers around the world.
Not only that, because coffee beans are typically grown in tropical countries, coffee plantations have been known to expand by cutting down surrounding trees thereby disrupting the surrounding environment. Even the way coffee is processed makes a heavy impact on the environment due to it being so water-intensive. A lot of water is wasted and contaminated water flows down into rivers and streams.
All these things make for an unsustainable process and we may pay for it soon.
What can we do about it?
By supporting sustainable coffee brands, you are showing your stance for the ethical treatment of laborers and our environment. Here at Pando Coffee, we aim to create a coffee brand that doesn’t just wake you up in the morning but wakes you up to real issues.
With all the factors surrounding coffee production, it is going to take years before everything is set in a way where the environment won’t be disrupted and corporations are providing fair wages while still offering goods at a quick pace. We would need there to be a bigger demand for sustainable coffee, where you won’t have to choose between a sustainable and a non-sustainable one.
Right now, rebuilding the coffee industry to be more sustainable seems daunting. But with your help, there is hope.
By considering the origins of your coffee and how it’s made, you can factor in the impact coffee has on communities around the world and on the environment. Also, think about the many ways coffee is packaged and where those packages go after they’ve been used. If there is a way to upcycle or recycle materials, we encourage you to do so.
What is Pando Coffee? And how is it helping?
Fortunately, Pando Coffee and many other sustainable brands are making big efforts to create a completely sustainable product from start to finish from sourcing only ethically made ingredients to using environment-friendly packaging.
When we realized how bad the state of the coffee industry was and how heavily affected both humans and the environment are, we wanted to create a coffee brand that did not taste good but helped us do good things.
We are working hard to implement good business practices, provide workers with fair working conditions and wages while helping to protect and preserve the environment.
At Pando Coffee, we believe that we are all connected and each one of us can make a difference. That's why we only use ethically sourced coffee beans, eco-friendly packaging, and give back 1% of our profits to environmental organizations. We invite you to strive for sustainability and make a change for a better planet every day.
Here’s to drinking world-changing cups of coffee!