Coffee production and consumption has many negative impacts on the world, and affects thousands of lives. Sadly, much of this goes unnoticed. .
We have just uploaded a new infographic to the blog detailing some of these problems. We hope that the more we can push this sort of information out into the public, the more people will begin to take notice.
* Huge organisations are driving down the price of coffee beans, forcing farmers to work all day and all night, not earning a minimum wage. .
* Many of these farmers are migrant workers or young children being abused for cheap labour.
* These migrant farmers live in appalling conditions and in some instances are not provided with proper sanitation. .
* Deforestation and the use of pesticides are destroying what once was beautiful rainforest rich with wildlife. Now, they are huge farms with eroding, soil devoid of nutrients, and little indigenous wildlife. .
* Contaminated water runs into streams and rivers causing eutrophication. Excess plantlife strips the water of oxygen, slowly suffocating marine life beneath. .
* Closer to home, coffee consumption causes phenomenal amounts of waste. Paper cups, plastic lids, aluminium pods, spent coffee grounds. All these get funnelled into landfill sites across the country, degrading and emitting green house gases. .
This is why we are dedicated to sourcing sustainable coffee that supports its farmers and reducing waste in all our products.
Let’s take notice. Let’s make a change.