Environment Policy - Our approach to coffee roasting and environment
Horsham Coffee Roaster Environment Policy
Reducing the environmental impact of coffee
Since we started Horsham Coffee Roaster in 2012, we have been committed to responsible environmental practices. We comply with all environmental legislation and welcome new legislation that genuinely reduces our impact.
We are committed to becoming more sustainable as we grow. We regularly evaluate the environmental impact of our products and services to continually improve our environmental performance. Our policy is based around the concept of reduce, reuse, recycle.
Our new Loring roaster was chosen because of it’s fantastic eco credentials. Created in San Francisco to meet strict environmental requirements. The Loring uses less then half the amount of propane to run and being a smart air recirculation design far less heat is wasted out of the chimney. The roaster is also smokeless to ensure no harmful chemicals or particulate matter is released during the roasting process. Please see this link to our blog post on the Loring
One Tree Planted
Every month we donate one tree for every 1kg of Rwanda coffee sold either on our website or to wholesale customers. These trees are planted by a womens co-operative close to Bwishaza co-operative (a group of coffee farmers that we work directly with). On a monthly basis we plant an average of 350 trees. Each tree will absorb about 1 ton of CO2 during its life cycle. That means that we expect to plant about 4000 trees per year and over the long term this means about 4000 tons of CO2 absorbtion on a yearly basis. For more information on the project please take a look at the OneTreePlanted website.
We currently have 2 roastery vehicles, a Plug-in hybrid (Mitsubishi Outlander Phev) and full electric Nissan Leaf for staff travel to the roastery, local deliveries and for training visits. We charge the cars here at the roastery, at home and using the network of chargers offered by Polar and Ecotricity.
Paper and Cardboard
The roastery is committed to being paperless as far as possible. All invoicing and correspondence is completed via e mail unless requested by a customer. We avoid printed paper where possible and we customers will not find packing slips or invoices included in their deliveries. We reuse cardboard boxes were possible. Our coffer from Rwanda is vacuum packed inside strong cardboard boxes. Rather than placing these directly into recycling we reuse these boxes to send out coffee and equipment.
We take recycling seriously and there are several recycling bins located in the roastery. Coffee arrives to us either in a hessian sack with a grainpro liner, or in cardboard boxes with a vac pac bag. Cardboard is recycled via the council recycling service. Grainpro bags are collected for recycling by specialist recycling businesses who are able to use this plastic to make new products. The hessian sacks are given away to local people who use them in their gardens to protect plants from frost damage, or to make items such as cushions or bags.
Chaff seperates from the green coffee as it is roasted and is collected in the chaff collector. This lightweight waste product makes an excellent component of compost and is currently taken by our employee Jack to be composted at his allotment in Brighton.
We currently stock glass Keep Cups and try, where possible, to discourage single use coffee cups. We are currently working on a project to introduce a more affordable bamboo reusable cup. These should launch sometime during mid 2019.
The coffee bags cannot currently be placed in household recycling, despite being made of 2 recyclable products, paper outer and foil lining. Unfortunately the UK government has not implemented proper systems to recycle these bags. During 2019 we will be switching to a recyclable plastic bag. We have chosen to use plastic rather than paper as paper bags do not offer good enough protection to the coffee. Freshness of our product is very important to us and the best compromise for this is a recyclable plastic bag. You can expect to see these in use during 2019.
For local wholesale deliveries we try to deliver ourselves using our electric vehicles. However for further afield and for online home purchases we use two delivery options; DPD or Royal Mail. We were keen to work with DPD due to their forward thinking environmental policy,
The DPD Carbon neutral commitment strives to make every parcel they deliver carbon neutral, for all of their customers. They do this by measuring their CO2 emissions, by striving to reduce them and by offsetting the remaining emissions. DPDgroup targets a reduction of road transport CO2 emissions of 10% per parcel by 2020, compared to the levels of 2013.
For more information please see their environmental policy here: https://www.dpd.co.uk/pdf/environmentalpolicy.pdfWe listened to customer feedback and decided to offer an alternative delivery method via Royal Mail. Please see the Royal Mail environmental policy here: https://www.royalmailgroup.com/en/responsibility/our-focus-areas/environment/