What’s the most eco coffee bag or cup?

We get asked this question a LOT. While at EcoBarista, we believe in composting as the most ideal end-of-life solution for single use packaging, honestly…it’s not always that simple. When thinking about what packaging options are best for your business, here are some helpful things to consider.

‘What’s the most eco coffee bag or cup?’. We get asked this question a LOT.

While at EcoBarista, we believe in composting as the most ideal end-of-life solution for single use packaging, honestly…it’s not always that simple. When thinking about what packaging options are best for your business, here are some important things to consider.

1. Materials

We’ll start with the most obvious consideration. What’s the packaging made of, and what does its end of life look like? At EcoBarista, we’re in favour of packaging materials that are plant-based where possible, and can be composted or recycled at a minimum.

2. Accessibility

Something might be deemed ‘sustainable’, but if people aren’t recycling it, composting it or upcycling it, then it’s just good marketing and that’s about it. So it can be helpful to ask: ‘What solution, ie. recycling or composting, is most readily available to my customers?’ Nearly everyone in Australia has a kerbside recycling bin so therefore kerbside recyclable products could be argued to be the most accessible solution. Currently, only 23% of people in Australia compost on a regular basis. But, this figure will be proportionately higher, or lower, given the demographic of the area your business is situated in. Which leads into our next point…

3. Community and culture

Each community is made up of people with different demographics and habits. There are often trends and patterns within community groups when it comes to sustainability. For example, some areas might have a higher proportion of people who are likely to compost, based on their interests, their socio demographic profile and what’s most important to them. For a cafe or roaster in an area like this, choosing a compostable bag solution might be the best option. But for another locality, people may be more likely to recycle instead of compost, so choosing a recyclable plastic option might be a better choice.

4. Your sustainability goals

Lastly, consider what’s most important to you as a business when it comes to sustainability. If you haven’t got a sustainability plan as a business, that’s also a great place to start because it will help you have a solid frame of reference for answering these questions.

Choosing the most sustainable packaging option isn’t a ‘one size fits all’. At EcoBarista, we’re here to help you navigate this question, and figure out the best way forward for your business when it comes to minimising the impact of your packaging on the environment. Reach out for a chat… we love this stuff.

In the meantime, below are some great eco coffee bag and cup options that we stock here at EcoBarista.

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