Some good news on the recycling front!

Bio-Bean the company who take away our spent coffee grounds have introduced a new product. As well as making the coffee grounds into fuel they have now developed a way to make them into building and other materials. This is known as upcycling as it saves on the use of diminishing raw materials and energy for extraction costs, transport…

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2021

Good news for all our Fairtrade customers: together we have raised over £12,000 for the Fairtrade Foundation. That’s just from the levy we pay. Coffee farmers get a lot more than that due to the guaranteed floor on the price paid by importers and processers like Coffee Plant for Fairtrade Coffee. For more on where the money goes, you…

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Transport less of a problem than production waste

Transport less of a problem than production waste say Fairtrade Foundation! An interesting report from the Fairtrade Foundation suggests that when it comes to the climate emergency, transport costs are not as much of a problem as wasteful production methods. “Contrary to popular belief, even long-distance shipments do not significantly increase the environmental impact of imported products,” said researchers…

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KitKat blow for cocoa farmers

We’ve had some bad news from the Fairtrade Foundation. They write… Nestle have told us that from October they will stop using Fairtrade cocoa and sugar for KitKat bars. For those cocoa and sugar farmers, the timing is terrible. With the global health and economic crisis threatening their future, co-operatives representing 27,000 farmers now face losing almost £2m of…

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Reforesting Peru

Coffee Plant uses a lot of organic Fairtrade Peru coffee. As well as supporting Fairtade in general we also support TReeS, a gress roots group supporting the reforestation of an ex-ranch (30 hectares) in Madre de Dios, south-east Peru, by APRONIA  a local organisation for homeless children. Madre de Dios is known as the ‘biological capital’ of the world…

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Is your chocolate exploiting farmers?

It’s not just coffee. Coffee Plant sells lots of Fairtrade certified cocoa and chocolate too. Its pretty bad out there for most farmers outside the Fairtrade system. The Fairtade Foundation writes: Many of the cocoa farmers in Western Africa working on the current cocoa harvest earn less than US$1 dollar a day. Fairtrade has already taken significant measures to…

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Fairtrade 25th Anniversary

The beginning the FAIRTRADE Mark was first used on a chocolate bar in 1994 (Green & Black’s Maya Gold) which makes it 25 years of products with the Fairtrade label. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By making sure companies pay decent prices, Fairtrade…

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Fairtrade Annual Report

The recent video by Fairtrade Germany shows the impact of the current coffee crisis and the critical need for businesses and shoppers to buy on Fairtrade terms. Coffee has never been cheaper in real terms on the open market. Coffee plant suppliers from Peru tell us farmers are abandoning coffee crops for cocoa. On the positive side UK shoppers…

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Climate Change Protests

The centre of Brighton was full of marchers last Friday calling for climate change action, pics are by Ian Henshall Cofee Plant owner who lives down there. He estimates the turnout at up to 20,000, massive for Brighton. One of the main reasons Coffee Plant sell organic Fairtrade whenever we can is out of respect for the planet. Protests…

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The paper coffee cups issue won’t go away

The good news is that Coffee Plant has started to collect used coffee cups and sent them for recycling. Yes, there are recycling systems for “paper” cups which are in fact lined with plastic and cannot therefore be recycled easily. It would be possible to sort them out of the general waste stream but the waste companies do not…

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