Did you know!?
Around 400 Billion cups of coffee are consumed a year.
Meaning over 500,000 tonnes of coffee waste end up in landfill each year in the UK alone.
Waste Coffee Grounds into landfill is a catalyst for producing Methane gas which is 20 times more damaging to the environment than CO2!
It’s also a potential source of hazardous pathogens and organic leachates that can contaminate surface and ground water courses, leading to other biological and environmental hazards.
We know it’s time to act…
Our team are extremely proud to recycle all of our consumed packaging, however we know our product (coffee) has a detrimental effect.
By supplying Eco Roast coffee we help deliver a positive impact on our environment. Combining their closed loop reuse approach and our passion for great coffee for a more sustainable future.
Spent coffee grounds are an abundant, energy rich resource that should not end up in our landfills. Eco Roast technology enables them to harness this valuable energy and use it to roast fresh batches of beautiful coffees for everyone to enjoy.
Our waste coffee re-cycling scheme
This ZERO WASTE solution enables you to enjoy the great taste of freshly roasted coffee, comfortable in the knowledge that waste has not been produced, but actually reduced.
An environmentally friendly solution to help reduce waste and carbon emissions for a more sustainable future.
So how does it work?
1. The process starts with the consumer, enjoying a delicious cup of coffee in their coffee outlet (or workplace). The coffee outlet is collecting the used coffee grounds in special (re-purposed) containers issued to them by ourselves at Roundstone Vending. These containers are then collected at the same time as the outlets next delivery of fresh coffee beans.
2. The next stage of the process, once the grounds have been collected is to sieve out any foreign objects and dry the coffee grounds. From there the dried coffee grounds are fed into a large mechanical press that forces the coffee under huge pressure through a die and this forms the Bio-Fuel our Eco Roasters require.
3. The third stage of the process is roasting. Custom made Eco Roasters (roasting machines) are used to turn the Coffee Bio-Fuel into the heat energy needed to roast delicious fresh coffee beans. The Eco Roaster is so energy efficient that it only uses approx 40g of Bio-Fuel to roast 1000g of fresh coffee! It even stores excess heat in large thermal storage tanks for heating the roastery!
4. The final stage of the process is the beans that have just been roasted, these are then quickly cooled, de-stoned and packed to lock in the freshness. Boxed ready for delivery to the customers. For those customers adopting the Coffe-Eco System, these beans will be delivered at the same time as their coffee waste is collected. Ensuring a carbon neutral journey is achieved.
A huge factor when selecting new products to offer our customers is our suppliers eco credentials. That's why we choose to work with brand such as Birchall Tea.
Birchall Tea is a premium tea brand that focuses on sustainability and ethical practices in its operations. Here are some key points about Birchall Tea's sustainability initiatives:
Ethical Tea Partnership: Birchall Tea is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), a non-profit organization that works to improve sustainability and social conditions in the tea industry. By being a part of ETP, Birchall Tea demonstrates its commitment to responsible sourcing and production.
Sustainable Sourcing: Birchall Tea sources its teas from estates and gardens that adhere to sustainable farming practices. This includes minimizing the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, promoting biodiversity, and implementing responsible water management techniques.
Rainforest Alliance Certification: Many of Birchall Tea's products are Rainforest Alliance Certified. This certification ensures that the tea is sourced from farms that meet rigorous environmental and social standards, such as protecting forests, conserving wildlife, and supporting workers' rights.
Carbon Neutrality: Birchall Tea has taken steps to minimize its carbon footprint. They have implemented energy-efficient practices in their facilities, reduced packaging waste, and invested in renewable energy sources. Birchall Tea also offsets its remaining emissions through verified carbon offset projects.
Packaging and Waste Reduction: Birchall Tea is committed to reducing packaging waste. They use recyclable materials for their tea packaging and strive to minimize excess packaging. Additionally, they encourage recycling by providing information on how to properly dispose of their products' packaging materials.
Community Initiatives: Birchall Tea supports local communities in tea-growing regions by contributing to social and educational projects. They work closely with the communities to improve living conditions, healthcare, and education, thereby promoting sustainable development.
Transparency and Traceability: Birchall Tea emphasizes transparency in its supply chain. They provide information about the origins of their teas and the estates they source from, allowing consumers to make informed choices and understand the sustainability practices involved.
By focusing on sustainable sourcing, responsible production, and community engagement, Birchall Tea demonstrates its commitment to environmental and social responsibility in the tea industry.
How else do we help?
Roundstone Vending's managing director has always had a passion for the ocean, our coastline, the habitats it creates and the joy of being beside the sea. Seeing the impact humans are having on our ocean first hand made Simon realise, we have to do more.
We are proud to now support Till The Coast Is Clear CIC, to help the effort of cleaning up our coasts. Aside from donations, Till The Coast Is Clear have given our team some fantastic insight into what they do and allow us to help do it on beach/coastal cleanup days.
Want to help?
Join us on the next beach clean. Just send a message via the contact form.