Sustainability - Bun Coffee
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Sustainability

 

We do all we can to support the environment

 

From the selection of our coffee beans and tea leaves, right through to our packaging, we take our environmental responsibility and sustainability seriously. All our blends are certified Organic, Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade or Australian grown beans and traceable to origin. For us it’s always been a case of #whywouldnt you? It’s our bit to help protect the environment and the farmers in the coffee industry we all love so much.

 

These are some of the ways we practice sustainability at our Roastery Door (and we are always challenging ourselves and our team to ‘what else’ so watch this space…)

 

  • Coffee chaff – goes into the compostable green bin
  • Coffee grounds – all our coffee grounds go to local gardeners
  • Smoke extraction – we have installed an afterburner results in …
  • Bun Coffee KeepCups – we actively promote the use of reusable coffee cups and sell KeepCups at our Roastery Door and encourage customers to bring in their own coffee cups for their daily coffee.
  • Takeway Cups – our BioCup take away cups are biodegradable.  Made using 60% less energy than regular take away cups, they are lined with natural PLA, not plastic and also come with a matching CPLA biodegradable lid. They can go in our green compost bins or if you are not lucky enough to live in a green compost bin area, they can also go in the recycle bin.
  • How We Bin – we provide clearly defined eco bins for our staff and customers to separate and recycle waste
  • Commercial Composting – we privately pay for a commercial Green Compost bin to be collected weekly
  • Packaging – wherever possible we use biodegradable materials to package our tea, sugar and drinking chocolate.  Coffee packs are a little harder to accommodate as we cannot compromise the freshness our coffee. We continuously keep a close eye on innovations in the packaging industry for more environmentally friendly alternatives that will also keep our coffee just as fresh. It’s something we’ve been working on for years and we are about to take delivery of our first 100% Home Compostable coffee bags certified by TUV Austria. All our shipping cartons, packaging, labels and tapes are compostable.
  • Plastic Straws – stopped the supply of plastic straws at the Roastery Door
  • Coffee Sacks – our coffee sacks are recycled and upcycled through our local garden nursery and community. All proceeds from our coffee sacks go to Byron Youth Services.
  • Cleaning – we use Simply Clean for all our cleaning at the Roastery Door

 

Certified Organic, Fair Trade Coffee , Rainforest Alliance – What does it mean?

  • The Australian Certified Organic (ACO) logo is the only way to verify that the product and all the processes from growing to roasting are genuinely certified and traceable to national and international organic standards.
  • To be ACO accredited, the beans must be grown under specific conditions without the use of any chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and fumigation. Farmers must be growing under these requirements for 3 years before certification and be tested annually.
  • Not only are no chemicals to be used in
the entire supply chain but also during
 the roasting and handling processes. The beans then all need to be stored, roasted, packaged according to the ACO standards and regulations.
  • Each processor receives a unique processing number as part of their certification. This is your guarantee that the product is certified and not just a claim that may only be partially true. There are very real differences between claims of ‘organic’ and ‘certified organic’.
  • Advocates for better working conditions and improved terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries by offering rural communities the stability of income which enables them to plan for the future and invest in developing their organisation.
  • Fairtrade products supports farmers and workers to improve their livelihoods and provide better support to their communities and protecting the environment in which they live and work.
  • Some products, such as coffee, cocoa, and cotton, can only be certified by Fairtrade if they come from small-scale farmer organizations.
  • An international non-profit organization working in more than 60 countries to create a better future for people and nature.
  • Committed to drive sustainable transformation by working with companies, farmers, foresters, communities, and consumers to amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people alleviate and adapt to climate change effectively
  • The little green frog is recognized by consumers around the world as the symbol of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
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