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Dear Green Coffee

Industry: Food & Drink

About the organisation: Dear Green Coffee is a Glasgow-based company that roasts fresh, traceable, ethically sourced high quality coffee. Starting off as a one-woman business, the team has grown into a popular local company with ethical and sustainable choices at its heart.

Key sustainability highlights:

  • Delivered the first disposable cup-free festival in 2018, saving over 18,000 cups from going to landfill
  • Gained the coveted global B Corporation certification in 2020
  • Is aiming to be a Net-Zero organisation by 2030

In detail

Dear Green Coffee has always strived to do business in a sustainable way. Not only because it is the right thing to do but because it ultimately made good business sense. In their journey to become as sustainable as possible, Dear Green Coffee has set itself many challenges and goals. Read on to find out about some of the key ways Dear Green Coffee is prioritising people, planet and profit.

B Corporation

At the end of 2020, Dear Green Coffee announced that after an in-depth audit and assessment process, it had gained the coveted B Corporation certification, showcasing businesses across the world which prioritise people, planet and profit.

Part of this process involves an assessment of the organisation’s environmental impact. Some of the key ways it is minimising its impact includes: reusing and recycling resources including using second hand, preloved machinery.

They also work with local organisations including Revive Eco and Glasgow Allotment Association to reuse their ground coffee waste. The organisation also uses degradable packaging and most recently, it has signed up to the Race to Net Zero challenge, committing to reducing waste and emissions to zero.

Glasgow Coffee Festival

In 2018, Lisa Lawson, organiser of Glasgow Coffee Festival and founder of Dear Green Coffee, worked in collaboration with reusable coffee cup supplier, KeepCup, making a ‘reusable only’ event possible.

Despite some initial nervousness about how Keepcup’s reusable cups might be mistreated and discarded, the festival organisers were delighted by the level of support and initiative uptake from attendees. 

Across the two-day event, more than 1,000 festival goers (56% of the total attendees) arrived with their own cups. As well as this, Mossgiel Farm supplied milk to all festival stallholders in traditional glass milk bottles. These bottles were returned and then reused, saving a further 412 plastic items from going in the bin.

Watch our case study video here

Learn more

Visit Dear Green Coffee’s blog area here to find out more about their commitment to sustainability.

Want to learn more about how our Glasgow Chamber members are committing to positive climate action? Visit our Instagram page for our daily #sustainabilitystories. 

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