How green is your coffee shop?
27 May 2012Waterwise partnered with sustainable coffee company Cafédirect in developing an EcoToolkit that helps cafes, restaurants and venues reduce their environmental impact.
We have partnered with Cafédirect in developing an EcoToolkit that helps cafes, restaurants and venues reduce their environmental impact.
Cafédirect carried out a study to identify the impact of its products; it might surprise you that the biggest carbon footprint doesn't come from shipping or even growing. It's in fact in the consumption and particularly in cafes and venues that serve coffee. It might be the energy required by the espresso machines or the environmental impact of all those paper cups.
As Cafédirect doesn't own the outlets, this was an area they could not directly control, so instead they created an EcoToolkit which would help venues identify simple ways they can reduce their impacts. The toolkit covers Water, Waste, Energy and Procurement.
We helped Cafédirect in developing the water section, that gives advice and actions, many of which also help save the venue money. The recommendations range from simple suggestions such as fixing leaks to more unusual ideas, for example grey water recycling or negotiating lower sewerage bills.
If you run a venue that serves hot drinks, why not complete the survey, and see what more you can do to save water and reduce your environmental impact?