12.08.2020  |  Klima, miljø og energi

New community will make coffee a circular resource without waste

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Danish company Peter Larsen Coffee has just launched The Circular Coffee Community, that aims to push the entire coffee industry in a more sustainable direction. The nutrient and biomass of the coffee plant must be utilised 100% and waste must be eliminat

The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals in on everyone’s lips, but few know how to work specifically with them. Maybe because it can be difficult to know where to start and how to make a noticeable difference. That is why Peter Larsen Coffee launched the The Circular Coffee Community initiative, which gives businesses and other consumers of coffee a structured approach to making a real difference.

Specific tools and documentation for the effort

There are many ways to make both the coffee production and consumption of coffee more sustainable. For example, it is about reducing the amount of waste and loss in every step. Partly by using the whole coffee plant as opposed to today, where a vanishingly small portion of the biomass and less than 1% of the many nutrients of the coffee plant are utilised. And partly by recycling and upcycling what is left over when the coffee is brewed and drunk. Coffee grounds are a valuable resource that can be used for both health and skin care, nutrition, fertilisers, furniture and packaging. Better utilisation will, among other things, result in less CO2 emissions to produce new resources.

The effort benefits both the customers and the coffee

Sustainability is also about financial and social responsibility by ensuring proper conditions and decent earnings for the coffee farms. Customers can help by purchasing certified coffee, which is why it is also an essential element of The Circular Coffee Community.

In The Circular Coffee Community, both suppliers and consumers of coffee commit to reducing the amount of waste and loss. The community also contributes to more organic and sustainable coffee growing and thus less environmental and climate impact. All of these are concrete contributions to the fulfilment of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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