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:
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“I’m Always On The Go”
If you prefer smaller bags, a collapsible cup might work better in your favour.
Pistachio’s Favourite: Stojo - 16 oz collapsible coffee mug
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“Every sip should be hot!” Using a stainless steel cup will help your drink stay hot for longer. It is also easier to clean and more durable too!
Pistachio’s Favourite: Zojirushi & Frank Green Ceramic Reusable Cup
3. Compost your ground coffee beans
Instead of chucking your ground coffee beans after making your pour-over or espresso shot, opt to compost instead. Recycling organic waste is a useful way to fertilize any plants that you have at home, or even the lush greenery that lines our public estates!
One of the major contributors is food waste in Singapore’s landfills. In 2019, Singapore has generated around 744 million kilograms of food waste. Since it is one of our most significant waste streams, composting unavoidable waste like ground coffee beans can help to minimise what ends up being incinerated.
4. Support BYO Initiatives
Established in 2017, Zero Waste SG campaigned for supporters to Bring Your Own (BYO). As of March 2022, more than 1,106 supporting outlets from 143 brands are now part of the BYO Singapore movement. To find out what kind of incentives you can gain with BYO, you can check it out here for the latest offers.
Some tips that you should keep in mind:
Bring coffee cups that is similar in volume capacity to the disposable cups used by coffee shops
Bring your own stainless steel straw, if you prefer to drink out of one. Some places are now straw-free, so you may not be able to get one for your beverage.
Buying coffee for your team? Be sure to bring along your own reusable cup holder (be it a strap or a caddy)! That way, you do not need to request for a paper cup holder to hold everyone’s drinks.
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