Our roasteries have invested in chaff compactors, which reduces the waste disposal of chaff and therefore the carbon footprint of trucks and skips. These changes also show up in reduced running costs and lower coffee prices.
Our Green Commitment
Brown Bear Coffee is one of the most energy-efficient coffee roasteries in the UK. We are committed to sustainability and have taken a number of steps to reduce our environmental impact. Here are some of our sustainability initiatives:
Efficient Roastery Process.
Our roasteries have added catalytic converters to our latest roasters to manage carbon emissions. This converts CO into CO2, which helps to prevent the release of harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We believe that we are the only
roaster in the UK to have made this commitment.
Encouraging Electric Cars.
We have electric charging points for factory vehicles and staff vehicles. This helps to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and our carbon emissions. We also encourage staff where possible to travel in groups to reduce congestion and pollution.
Only LED lighting Used.
We have converted both the roastery and offices and other facilities to energy-efficient LEDs. This will help to reduce our energy consumption and our carbon emissions. This has extended to any use of energy used in our buildings. An annual review is carried out on how we can achieve lower energy use.
We are committed to using new packaging formats, including home compostable, industrial compostable, and recyclable packaging. We are committed to reducing our reliance on single-use plastics and other materials that are harmful to the environment and since 2021 we no longer use non-recyclable foils entirely.
Other noteworthy Green commitments
Roastery, Chaff compactor
Roastery, Onsite nitrogen generation
We generate nitrogen on-site, which reduces the need for deliveries of nitrogen gas. This helps to reduce our carbon emissions and transportation costs.
Roastery, Variable compressors
We use variable compressors to reduce energy consumption. This means that we only use the amount of energy that we need, which helps to save money and reduce our environmental impact.
Roastery, Heat recovery
We use the heat generated from the roasters to warm the factory, which reduces our energy usage. Moving the heat around keeps the staff happy too. This is very helpful in the colder months.
We have a recycling program for all cardboard packaging. We also sell hessian and jute coffee bags to the farming industry, retail industry, and recycling centres.
Other Company Wide considerations.
- We carbon capture our gases produced by roasting our coffee. This effectively is thousands of tons of carbon a year that is captured.
- We have removed all non-recyclable packaging from our process. All of our materials are now single-homogeneous materials, which makes them easier to recycle.
- We have a siter company www.seedzbox.co.uk which has committed to offsetting our carbon emissions by planting trees. We've planted 50,000 trees since 2020.
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