Ethical Caffeine

The coffee industry responds to the environmental crisis

Implications - Along with being more health-conscious, the coffee industry is becoming eco-aware, taking active steps to evaluate and reduce its environmental impact. Coffee manufacturers have begun to re-purpose byproducts that would otherwise go to waste, as well as switch to recyclable packaging methods. Taking an eco perspective in the creation, distribution and aftermath of its product ensures that the industry not only positions itself as caring and compassionate, but also becomes a catalyst for global change.
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Coffee Waste Planters - This Sustainable Herb Garden Uses the Waste Generated from Coffee Shops
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Viral 5,896 Clicks Pub: Oct 29, 15
Coffee Waste Planters
This Sustainable Herb Garden Uses the Waste Generated from Coffee Shops
U.K.-based Industrial designer Blake Parkinson has created this sustainable herb garden that cleverly utilizes leftover coffee waste generated from urban cafes. The ‘Urb’ garden is... [More]
Eco Coffee Pods - The Droops Coffeemaker Would Use Dissolvable Java Capsules for Responsible Brewing
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Hot 8,075 Clicks Pub: Mar 27, 15
Eco Coffee Pods
The Droops Coffeemaker Would Use Dissolvable Java Capsules for Responsible Brewing
The most popular coffee machines of the 2010s have been remarkably un-eco-friendly, leading designers to come up with solutions like these eco coffee pods. Because a capsule is only as functional as... [More]
Gluten-Free Coffee Flour - Coffee Flour is an Agricultural Innovation Deemed a "Super-Ingredient"
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Warm 603 Clicks Pub: Jun 18, 15
Gluten-Free Coffee Flour
Coffee Flour is an Agricultural Innovation Deemed a "Super-Ingredient"
An entrepreneurial effort launched by a former Starbucks executive, Coffee Flour is a recently realized agricultural innovation that could change the way we bake. Positioned as a movement and... [More]
Compostable Coffee Pods - The Coffee Club has Developed a Fully Compostable Coffee Pod
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Compostable Coffee Pods
The Coffee Club has Developed a Fully Compostable Coffee Pod
In an effort to combat rising waste from single-serve coffee pods, the Canadian company Coffee Club has just released Pü̃rPod100, which is the world’s first fully compostable coffee pod.... [More]
Caffeinated Biofuel Startups - Bio-Bean Recycles Coffee Energy as a Biofuel and Green Energy Source
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Untested 598 Clicks Pub: Feb 26, 15
Caffeinated Biofuel Startups
Bio-Bean Recycles Coffee Energy as a Biofuel and Green Energy Source
When you hear ‘coffee energy,’ you probably think of the caffeine boost you get from drinking the addictive hot beverage, and not a burgeoning biofuel. In London, used coffee beans are... [More]