We're always looking for new ways to make Chipp Coffee Co as sustainable as possible because, let's be honest, the coffee process (from green to roasted bean) is not a carbon efficient one. As a coffee roaster, we believe it's our responsibility to do the best we can to make ourselves as close to carbon neutral as possible.
For us, being carbon neutral involves many things, from carbon offsetting to using recyclable materials wherever we can. Our goal is to never be wasteful; that includes ensuring that we use materials that we have previously purchased that aren't recyclable or biodegradable. We will always use what we have before ordering more product - from there, we'll then focus on sourcing a recyclable or more sustainable alternative.
In March 2020, we introduced fully recyclable coffee bags across our entire range, a big step in the right direction for a small coffee roaster. We're proud as punch.
What is carbon offsetting?
Carbon offsetting exists to support projects that combat global climate change as well as caring for local communities. In many cases providing much needed employment, reforestation, biodiversity, health improvement and broad social benefits to impoverished communities.
A carbon offset is a way to compensate for your emissions by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving elsewhere. Our everyday actions, at home and at work, consume energy and produce carbon emissions, such as driving, flying and heating buildings. Carbon offsetting is used to balance out these emissions by helping to pay for emission savings in other parts of the world.
Offsetting provides a mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the most cost-effective and economically-efficient manner. Offsetting plays a vital role in combating climate change, but if done in isolation it is not the solution.
Carbon Footprint Standard offer a range of carbon offset projects to international standards, including the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Gold Standard Voluntary Emission Reductions (VER) and Certified Emission Reductions (CER). All of which meet the Quality Assurance Standard for Carbon Offsetting following a footprint calculation on this web site and BSI's PAS 2060 specification on carbon neutrality.
All information from https://www.carbonfootprint.com/
Plant a Tree - Protect a Tree
We support a Carbon Footprint project that helps local communities in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya through their tree planting initiative. The incredible Kenya Reforestation project aims to plant 100,000's of indigenous trees on the worst degraded areas.
* The official carbon offsetting is achieved through the retirement of credits from a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) project.
We're really excited for the future of organisations like Carbon Footprint and how they can positively impact the planet. Carbon offsetting aside, there seems to be a great movement of communities and individuals being more conscious in their day-to-day purchasing decisions. Buying recyclable, biodegradable and compostable products only helps to further reduce plastic waste - which in turn, helps develop a more sustainable world.
If you'd like to hear more or ask any questions about carbon offsetting and our stance on sustainability, please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.