As the Irish Government proposes a 15 cent levy on disposable coffee cups today, Coffeeangel and Friends of the Earth move ahead with an innovative solution to tackle waste from the café sector.
With two million disposable coffee cups a day in Ireland going into landfills, waste from the café sector has reached worrying proportions.
Many solutions have been proposed by the industry, including switching to compostable cups.
However, disposable “compostable” cups require commercial composting to biodegrade and most end up in general landfill anyway.
Coffeeangel believes the most effective way to tackle the café industry’s waste issue is by raising awareness and encouraging the use of reusable cups.
Beginning today, Coffeeangel will donate 20 cent for every KeepCup used by their customers to Friends of the Earth Ireland to help support local environmental initiatives.
Caroline Sleiman, Director at Coffeeangel, commented:
”It is impossible to ignore the impact the human race is having on our environment, and whilst the challenges and changes required are immense, we wholeheartedly believe that through the power of small, personal initiatives we can help make a difference. That is why we have decided to donate 20¢ to Friends of the Earth Ireland, on behalf of our customers, from every Coffeeangel coffee served in a reusable KeepCup as part of our new ‘Your Cup Our Future’ initiative.
We explored more conventional incentives for reuse, such as giving 20¢ off a purchase, but we believe our customers are as concerned about environmental issues as we are and want to create bigger impact with their purchasing decisions.
By launching ’Your Cup Our Future’, the Coffeeangel team and our customers will not only help the environment by reducing the amount of single-use cups entering landfill, but also by donating to Friends of the Earth Ireland, we will address the larger issues of working towards a cleaner, healthier and greener world for both ourselves and future generations.”
In Ireland, Friends of the Earth is primarily focused on addressing climate change by encouraging clean energy and stopping dirty energy projects, including through their involvement in the recently successful campaign to ban fracking and by leading an 8-year effort to enact Ireland’s first climate legislation so the Government can no longer leave climate action on the long finger.
Right now, Friends of the Earth is actively working to get the Irish Government to facilitate community ownership of renewable energy, so Irish communities can avail of the solar rooftop revolution taking place around the world. They’ve also tackled the waste problem as Green Messengers at Electric Picnic music festival for the past three years and recently began to address Ireland’s relationship with nature and pollinators with their award-winning Bee-Friendly garden at Bloom 2017.
Sustainability and the impact from global warming are issues that those in the speciality coffee industry like Coffeeangel are all too familiar with, particularly when sourcing coffee beans from increasingly climate challenged coffee-growing regions. As part of ‘Your Cup Our Future’, Coffeeangel is now selling stylish, glass KeepCups in their premises and online, and will donate 20¢ to Friends of the Earth each time any clean KeepCup is used to purchase a coffee beverage in their shops.
Friends of the Earth’s Head of Communications, Dr. Cara Augustenborg, welcomed Coffeeangel’s initiative, explaining:
”Coffeeangel’s decision to encourage reusable cups through a charitable donation scheme is an innovative approach to a waste crisis within the coffee sector. They’re incentivising reuse and supporting our environmental campaigning in Ireland. We’re grateful for their initiative and to their customers who avail of this new scheme to allow us to keep working for a world where both people and nature thrive.”