Five Key Questions To Ask Your Coffee Roaster About Sustainability

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What's the Problem?

Our planet is headed towards a disaster caused by too much waste ending up in landfills, too much carbon ending up in the air, and people being paid too little to do things in a sustainable way.

We believe the solution is for companies and individuals to take action to reduce waste, sequester carbon (put it back in the ground or keep it from leaving the ground) and create a system that pays people well for doing things a more sustainable way. That way, the next 100 generations can enjoy a cleaner, sustainable future. 

Creating Environmental Sustainability

In order to create an environmentally sustainable world, we all must take action to stop unsustainable practices and start sustainable ones. These actions must be ones that are easy enough for people to actually do! At Firelight Coffee, our strategy is focused on things like fully recycling every coffee bag, continually reducing carbon throughout our supply chain, and streamlining our operations to limit waste and greenhouse gas emissions at the source. Read more about specific initiatives we have taken below.

Pursuing Economic Sustainability

A sustainable world must make economic sense. Every person must be paid fairly and rewarded for taking sustainable action. When it comes to coffee, this means each person who touches the coffee must be paid above their production cost and given incentives for great work. As a customer, your willingness to pay a small premium for better coffee enables us to not only pay our team a living wage, but to ensure that coffee famers, producers and logistics operators are being paid fair, living wages too.

Ensuring Social Sustainability

Earth care is important, but what if poverty, inequity, and horrible working conditions remain? A sustainable world is one that treats every human with respect and dignity. Anything less is unsustainable, because companies and their employees cannot flourish while being taken advantage of. By choosing Firelight you are also choosing to make the world better for the people living in it.

We're not Perfect!

While we’ve taken some bold steps toward making our offerings and product lines more sustainable, we at Firelight Coffee recognize that we have a long way to go to meet our sustainability goals. In the meantime, our goal is to be transparent about where we are and where we intend to go. We would love to hear your feedback on what we can do better. Read on for more information about how you can get involved, and know that every bag of coffee you purchase brings us one step closer to making the world sustainable for generations to come.

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