Brewbird Coffee Environmental, Certification and Recycling Policy
Brewbird Eco-Roast Coffee
Used coffee grounds are an abundant, energy-rich resource that shouldn't end up in landfill. Eco-Roast technology harnesses this valuable resource by collecting used coffee grounds and turning them into biofuels which are used to roast the next batch of coffee. It's carbon-negative, sustainable, waste-negative, and the most environmentally friendly process available today. All Brewbird Coffee is roasted using the Eco-Roast method - see more here.
Certification and Origin
Making sure that our coffee is sustainably roasted is just part of the picture. It needs to be fairly and ethically sourced in the first place. Brewbird Coffee certification includes:
Rainforest Alliance certification: Rainforest certification addresses ecosystem health, human rights, and improved rural livelihoods. The green frog seal indicates that a coffee plantation has been audited against rigorous certification standards that require meaningful steps toward long-term environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Rainforest Alliance certification also promotes decent living and working conditions for workers, gender equity and access to education for children in farm communities.
UTZ certification: UTZ, which is now part of the Rainforest Alliance, answers two crucial questions: where does the coffee come from, and how was it produced? UTZ certified coffee is traceable from producer to roaster to consumer. UTZ certification covers appropriate and modest use of fertilizers, pesticides, water and energy. It means children of coffee farmers sent to school rather than put to work. Farm workers are given decent labour rights, housing and healthcare. And farmers are empowered to act as professionals and become better businessmen and women.
Fairtrade certification: When you choose Fairtrade coffee, not only can farmers build a better quality of life for their families and communities, but they can invest in growing better quality beans too. Fairtrade coffee farmers invest at least 25 percent of their Fairtrade Premium in improving productivity and quality. Being part of Fairtrade means better knowledge about protecting the local environment and the chance to plant other crops and buy livestock to put more food on the table.
Organic: In the case of organic coffee, there are no synthetic fertilisers or chemicals used in growing or production, which means cleaner beans, air, land, and water. The coffee is grown with only organic fertilizers, like coffee pulp, chicken manure, or compost. Organic farms also combat climate change by emitting less carbon than chemical farms, while also sequestering significant amounts of carbon. As a bonus, organic coffee beans are richer in healthy antioxidants.
Single Origin: Single origin is not a certification, but it has a bigger meaning. In a nutshell, single origin coffee means that the coffee is sourced from sing single producer, crop or region in a country. This can get even more specific, and you can find coffees that tell you even the specific paddock that a crop was grown on. The best thing about single origin is it’s traceability - the fact you know exactly where your coffee comes from. It also not a blend, it’s a specific coffee with unique flavours from its own little corner of the globe. Totally unique and traceable.
Let’s discuss the elephant in the room: plastic coffee packaging. This is something that is work in progress, and many would agree that the perfect packaging for coffee doesn’t exist… yet. The ideal coffee bag should first and foremost keep the coffee fresh, all whilst being strong enough to not fall apart before it gets to you. It also must have a valve to let gases out, and stop oxygen getting in, and it should have a zip seal, again to keep the beans super-fresh. The final item on the wish list would be to have them compostable or biodegradable - at home - but these just aren’t viable yet. Most compostable products are only suitable for industrial composting which requires heat and chemicals, not just a peely bin or a compost heap! The next best, we feel, is recyclable. Our bags are made of fully recyclable LDPE or Low-density Polyethylene which has the “Recyclable 4” symbol on it which can go in most recycling bins. If your local council doesn’t take it, you’ll find dedicated recycling points at your local supermarket. Watch this space!
Recyclable Coffee Capsules
We work with RecycleBox to recycle all used coffee capsules. You can book a box online here for a no-hassle collection. The coffee is turned into bio-fuels which can be used to roast new coffee, while the plastic or metal is sold to the manufacturing industry to make new products.
We keep our boxes and packaging to a minimum without compromising on the protection it’s designed for, and we make sure that all our packaging is recyclable and made from recycled material where possible.