Sustainability in Our Operations and Products


By Amanda Cooper

During fiscal 2012, we worked to reduce waste and and energy. We continued to make progress toward our reduction targets for energy use and waste to landfill, even as our business growth has challenged those efforts. We have coupled our support of coffee from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms with consumer education campaigns that demonstrate the benefits for farmers and for the environment using a model that generates consumer demand for certified coffees.

As our business grows, we hold fast to our belief that our responsibility is to create sustainable products that help us to brew a better world.

Some other key accomplishments include :

  • More than tripling the amount of waste chaff, burlap, coffee, powder, and tea that we composted, and increased recycling of corrugated boxes, boxboard, paper, and plastics by 50% in its facilities, compared to the previous year.
  • Being ranked the largest purchaser of Fair Trade Certified™ coffee in the world for the second year running by Fair Trade USA (2010, 2011)
  • Selling 11 million pounds of coffee from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms

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