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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability

Worldwide, it’s the second most consumed beverage after water. Worldwide, it’s the second most traded commodity after oil. These two statistics alone should give you a sense for the enormous impact coffee has on our lives, and thus our environment.

Here are a few ways to "green" your cup of coffee this morning!

1. Home Brew: The best way to control the green-ness of your coffee is to home brew.

2. Learn eco-etiquette at Starbucks (or your local coffee shop): Did you know that you receive a $.10 discount on coffee at Starbucks for bringing your own mug? Talk about a latte factor - you could save $36 over the course of the year.

3. Buy local: Minimizing food miles is a good guideline whenever trying to green food or drink. Food miles are the distance the food traveled to reach you.

4. Buy fair trade: Fair Trade companies must meet rigorous standards for environmentally sound agricultural practices. They don't have to go so far as to be organic, but they do need to practice sustainable agriculture.

5. Waste not: As with all food and beverages, minimizing waste is important. Look for minimal and recyclable packaging on your coffee. Find a rocking mug you can use again and again!!

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Comment by Thomas Bertrand on February 26, 2008 at 8:13am
Very interesting, thanks for the tips. Although, I'm a little dissapointed with the Starbucks one, you receive a 10 cent discount for bringing your own mug? Doesn't seem like very much, surely they could help a java guy with a conscience out a little more.

Anyway, you got me curious so I decided to Google search some stats. Did you know (as of 2003) the top three countries ordered by annual per capita consumption of coffee are (1) Finland, (2) Aruba, and (3) Iceland, with Finland up by several KGs? I don't know if there are more up to date results elswhere but I certainly wasn't expecting such small countries to be the top ranking ones. Anyway, not much use for that info I guess, but perhaps you can use it at your next cocktail party!?
Comment by Thomas Bertrand on February 26, 2008 at 8:14am
Sorry, I forgot to include the link to the stats:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_coffee_consumption_per_capita
Comment by Kenneth Westling on February 26, 2008 at 10:01am
I'm not surprised Finland has the highest number of coffee drinkers, it's always dark there! They gotta keep themselves awake somehow.

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