Environmentally-friendly business practices
I was heartened to hear about the Black Stilt Coffee Lounge in Victoria, which has a much more comprehensive approach to being environmentally friendly. Here are just a few examples from a very long list of their environmentally-friendly practices:
• Maintain a compost pile and use compostable paper towels and cutlery
• Purchase recycled and post-consumer paper products
• Unplug equipment at night to reduce phantom loads
• Use a low-flow dishwashing wand and the sanitizing dishwasher is only run when full
• Increased compost and recycling storage to minimize waste pickups and reorganized bakery and coffee deliveries thereby reducing total number of trips to the Black Stilt by over 10%
I have been accused of being elitist because I care about where my food comes from and how it is produced and delivered. It is true that it can be more expensive (although not always), but to only focus on money is very short-sighted. If we truly care about sustaining our environment and passing along a planet rich in natural resources and beauty to future generations, we have to stop abusing it – NOW. Individual consumers and business owners can make a difference and can lead us towards a more sustainable future.
black stilt (New Zealand) is one of the world’s most endangered birds. The current wild population is estimated at 85 adult birds.
From Seed to Cup, a small book chronicling the critical stages in the creation of a cup of coffee, is a fundraising initiative to help support the coffee farm families. The funds will be distributed through the Oughtred Coffee Trust.