Big news – Percol have gone plastic-free!
To celebrate the launch of their new range of plastic-free ground coffee, we asked Percol to share their top tips having a more sustainable coffee routine and the things you should consider when making or buying your morning brew.
And as if these 5 hacks weren’t enough, they’ve also created a petition to make all coffee cups recyclable by 2020. It’s a simple, but sensible solution, but it has a massive impact for our environment, so make sure you sign and share!
Be mindful of where your coffee comes from
Whether you are brewing it at home or buying it at your favourite coffee shop, make sure you know where your coffee is coming from. When brewing your ground coffee at home, aim to use compostable coffee packs that can be popped in your food waste bin, like Percol’s new range of plastic-free ground coffee. Alternatively, try a simple french press which allows you to compost your used grounds after brewing.
When you’re out and about, look for organic coffee beans that are Fairtrade certified. By doing so, not only will your coffee taste delicious, but you’ll also be supporting coffee growers by guaranteeing the farmers a fair price, decent working conditions, and adequate training.
Don’t forget your water!
When it comes to your water, instead of buying plastic bottles, switch to a filtered jug for your home morning brew. You can also use charcoal to filter your water.
Be mindful of how much water you’re boiling each day – are you filling your kettle to the brim for just one cup? Aim to be more sustainable by reducing energy wastage and only boiling what you need. If you’re in an office, do a coffee round at a time that suits everyone, rather than preparing a drink for yourself. That way, the kettle goes on once and several drinks can be made.
Carry a reusable cup
Don’t underestimate the power of a reusable cup. Reusable cups can be found pretty much anywhere now – even big name coffee shops are selling them. Look for one that will fit in your every day bag, then simply pop it in each evening so you don’t forget to take it with you when you head off to work in the morning. We would recommend using the rCUP, it’s the worlds first reusable cup made from used coffee cups.
If you want the added bonus of BPA-free cups, look for glass, bamboo and cork, as well as cups made out of recyclable materials.
And don’t forget, most coffee shops now give money off for bringing in your own cup, so it might just mean cheaper coffee!
Say no to single use
“7 million coffee cups go to UK landfills each day and we don’t think the 25p tax on cups is fair on us coffee lovers”
Sadly less than 1% of coffee cups get recycled and the treasury’s proposal to introduce the 25p latte levy will only pass the buck onto consumers. It’s not fair that consumers have to pay the price, when companies can do more to fix the problem.
Big brands like Starbucks, Costa and Nero need to clean up their act and introduce recyclable alternatives, as sustainable solutions already exist. But Percol wants to go one step further: “we want legislative change to enforce the use of eco alternatives by 2020.”
So get yourself a reusable cup and start saving – both money and the planet!
Join Percol’s mission to become plastic free by 2020
To help solve the single use plastic problem, Percol have created a petition to make all coffee cups recyclable. It’s a simple but sensible solution: just signing & sharing it on Facebook could stop 2.5 billion cups going to UK landfills each year.
Their aim is to present their petition to parliament and lobby for a change in legislation, forcing high street coffee chains to use new materials and to make cups recyclable. At the very least, they should be more eco friendly using recycled cups or compostable solutions.