The Stitch Coffee story: for people & planet

We love working with customers who aren’t just ticking a box, but who are aligning every part of their business for the benefit of both people and planet. Stitch is one of these, and we’re inspired by the steps they’re taking to impact future generations positively. Have a read to find out more about their sustainability journey, and as part of this, why they’ve specifically chosen our CompostablePlus bags to package their coffee.

Product: Home Compostable Bag

We get inspired by customers who aren’t just ticking a box, but who are working to align every part of their business for the benefit of both people and planet. It’s not an easy or straightforward undertaking, so often it requires an all-in mentality and the commitment for the long haul. Stitch Coffee is one of these, and we’re applauding the steps they’re taking to impact future generations positively. Have a read to find out more about their sustainability journey, and as part of this, why they’ve specifically chosen our home compostable coffee bag to package their coffee.

What does sustainability mean to you as a business?

Sustainability means that we are able to be part of an industry that will survive for decades to come because each piece of the supply chain is looked after: the people, natural resources, the businesses. If one is not thriving it will impact all others and we would like to contribute to the growth and wellbeing of not only our generation but future generations. This means that we, as a business, must involve all areas within the business and embed our values and daily actions with this mindset.

Has it been challenging navigating this space, and if so, why and how?

As a food manufacturing business, especially one heavily reliant on a resource that is located geographically very far away from us (our green beans) as well as other natural resources such as water and climate consistency, decisions made regarding who we will source from, how we will source, how it was produced, etc; become essential starting points to ensuring we align our decision-making with the ethos of sustainability.

Specifically in our industry, the hardest challenge has been finding the right packaging for each of our products that can ensure there will be no loss in the quality of the product we are manufacturing and that it will not impact its shelf-life. We finally got to where we wanted to be with this new home compostable bag for our roasted coffee beans.

What are the main sustainability goals you’re working towards? What does success look like?

Our main goal is to be able to reduce the waste we produce by half in the next 2-3 years. This means collaborating with our suppliers to find new ways to manage packaging entering our warehouse, educating ourselves and our team regarding best practices in terms of reusing and recycling, and educating our customers regarding how to dispose of the end product they receive from us after use.

Why EcoBarista coffee bags and what influenced your decision?

Last year with the temporary pause to the Redcycle program, it became clear that better options had to be found. We have worked with EcoBarista and Zac for a long time and through the years have tested different packaging options trying to find the right one for us. These coffee bags allowed us to maintain the quality and consistency of our product whilst allowing us to reduce the usage of soft plastic by us and our customers. They are a great alternative as we commit to a plastic free future.

How do you educate your customers on the part they play in the process?

To us it is really important that alongside educating our customers, we make it easy for them to be conscious. Our packaging across all our categories, is focused on balancing product preservation and sustainability. With a starting point like this, it is easy for us to communicate and create awareness within our audience about sustainable practices that are readily available to them to choose.

What do you think the biggest challenges are facing roasters when it comes to the sustainability space?

The difference in cost between less sustainable options and those that can really make a difference. Our industry is one of low margins and really being able to commit to a thriving environmental future as a core company value, allows us to make what in the moment seems like a hard financial decision, but in the long term it reaps rewards not only for us as a business but for generations to come.

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