Did you know that the climate cost of our favourite cup of joe produces more than 300 grams of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), which amounts to 116kg of CO2e over a year. To put this into perspective, a cup of tea produces a mere 8kg of CO2e annually. From cultivation of coffee beans to that first sip, we want to share how we can reduce carbon emissions at the consumer’s level in Singapore.
To create change on a tangible level, it begins with being informed and demanding it for what you want. Here’s a guide on how eco-conscious coffee shops / cafes in Singapore have practiced sustainability in their business.
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1. Buy from local sustainable coffee roaters
Pistachio’s Favourite: Nylon Coffee Roasters
Nestled in Chinatown, Nylon Coffee Roasters began with a clear mission. Every facet of their business is based on sustainable, traceable and transparent relationships across the coffee chain. By only working with trusted exporters who advocate the same principles, this was how Nylon was born. What we really appreciate is that due diligence that Nylon has undertaken. They personally foster relationships with the producers by travelling to see the farms and cooperatives, to ensure that their coffees minimize carbon footprint.
If you are interested in how they go about ensuring quality, you can read their journal entry on their first origin trip to Ethiopia and Kenya here.
2. Bring Your Own Coffee Cup
To make our reusable coffee cups environmentally sustainable, we need to reuse them at least 100 times. Furthermore, the type of material used also matters. Whenever we wash plastic, microplastics are being shed. While there are differing opinions on how one can reduce footprint, drinking out of a reusable cup definitely tastes better than paper or plastic! A few factors to consider when buying your coffee cup: