SMALL #EARTHDAY CHANGES WITH BIG IMPACT
Embrace Earth Day 2021 🌍 by making small changes that will help you & our planet smile!
Start now by swiping through our top tips below and we’re also planting trees 🌱 for every coffee order too until the end of April to give you the perfect start to making every day an Earth Day!
You’ll also help offset eco-anxiety as you will be among millions taking small steps to change our ways for the greater good, as this quote by Anne-Marie Bonneau perfectly communicates:
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly”
Keep reading for detailed tips or order some of our coffee in plastic free pods and pouches now to claim your free tree(s)!
6 Earth Day Tips to achieve Eco Happiness
This year, Earth Day’s aim is as always: to galvanise support and awareness in order to arrest the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction.
In 2021 however, after the experiences of the last year with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world, it surely has more relevance than ever.
The message is clear. We have to drastically change course before the damage caused to the environment is irreversible. To restore our earth we need to take action now.
But for many this feels overwhelming and understandably leads to the question “what can I do?” or even “what difference can I really make?” Indeed more and more people are struggling with what has been termed ecoanxiety as the true nature of our environmental situation becomes even more stark.
But what can I do?
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
Multiple small actions can build to create larger change and this is a situation that we all need to fight. Tackling climate change will require major changes to the way we live, shop, eat, work and travel to name but a few.
We each need to do what we can to control our own personal carbon and greenhouse gas footprint to ensure we are making a positive difference. Our individual actions regarding the environment CAN make a difference and even have ripple effects by influencing the attitudes and behaviors of others.
You may be surprised just how much of a positive difference you can make – without overhauling your entire lifestyle. Here is our list of the areas where you can take action now to reduce emissions and lower your carbon footprint.
1. Act on Plastic Pollution this Earth Day
At the outset of our Blue Goose journey, Lex and I made the choice to put people and the planet first, before profits. Whilst big brands shun green technology and materials, arguing instead in favour of non-sustainable alternatives, we actively embraced green technology, with our plastic free capsules and packaging acting as the ultimate proof that it can be done, even if you’re just 2 people like us who want to make a difference!
Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues. Over 2 million tonnes of plastic packaging are used in the UK every year according to one recent study and of all the plastics ever produced, it’s estimated 79% have accumulated in the natural environment or landfills.
Plastics and their ingredients are pervading our oceans and waterways, invading the bodies of humans and wildlife, and filling landfills. Every day, around 8 million pieces of plastic make their way into our oceans and it is expected that by 2025, the ocean will contain 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of fish! And with it taking hundreds or even thousands of years for plastic to break down, the environmental damage is not only devasting but long-lasting too.
With much of the planet swimming in discarded plastic we all need to eliminate plastics from our life, as much as possible. There are so many ways to reduce, reuse or recycle, or better to remove plastic in your daily life. Here’s just a few:
- First and foremost, switch to plastic free coffee alternatives. (Of course!) Plastic Nespresso compatible capsules take up to 500 years to break down while their aluminium capsule cousins take up to 150 years! Our compostable capsules on the other hand when placed in your food waste collection will break down in around 12 weeks depending on the facilities used by your local council. And when it comes to whole bean and ground coffee most packaging is made of aluminium, paper, polyethene, and other multi-laminates. Our coffee pouches (minus the valve) are actually home compostable, so can be placed in home compost piles and hot bins as well as council food waste collections. The only element of our pouches that require industrial compost conditions is the small valve. This is vital to allow our coffees to release gas after roasting. However, the size of a 5p piece, it’s minimal waste versus the plastic & aluminium lined coffee pouches that are so common yet can’t be recycled or processed post-use. They’re destined for your black bin and then landfill or incinerator, so you can feel pleased with yourself as a 5p-sized valve made from plant materials is a very good compromise.
- Take your own reusable coffee cup when you go out. In the UK, we drink almost 100 million cups of coffee every day! In 2019, 7 million of those were served in disposable cups.
- Avoid single-use plastic bags and use your own reusable shopping bags. Made from fossil fules, the average plastic bag has a ‘working-life’ of about of only about 15 minutes. Compre that to its life-span of about 1000 years in landfill and the disparity is stark. Estimates have us using approximately 4 TRILLION plastic bags each year worldwide. Worse still, they are not even recyclable curbside, causing big headaches downstream for recycling facilities.
- Instead of buying water in plastic bottles, invest in a water filter and reusable water bottle. Not only is it cheaper in the long run but as we highlight in our brewing guides, a water filter is an ideal purchase to ensure your coffee is of the highest quality. Given 98% of our cup of coffee is water, the quality of water you use plays a significant role in the taste of your coffee.
- Share the message: Gift a friend or colleague a reusable / plastic free item to try. So whether that’s a metal straw or a to-go coffee mug or if you know someone who’s buying plastic or aluminum Nespresso capsules, why not send them a Blue Goose Gift Pack.
2. Plant a Forest this Earth Day
Sounds a big ask but just a like a journey of thousand miles starting with one step, all forests start with just one tree.
The importance of forests cannot be underestimated. Besides providing habitats for animals and livelihoods for humans, forests also offer watershed protection and prevent soil erosion as well as being one of our most powerful tools to combat climate change.
Trees filter the air and stave off the effects of climate change. After oceans, forests are the world’s largest storehouses of carbon, absorbing harmful greenhouse gasses that produce climate change. In tropical forests alone, a quarter of a trillion tons of carbon is stored in above and below ground biomass.
Yet, despite our dependence on forests, we are still allowing them to disappear. The sad fact is that our planet is currently losing forests at a staggering rate: more than 18 million acres of forests every year.
The good news is though is that you can help do something about that and plant more trees without even getting your hands dirty.
Blue Goose throgh our partner Ecologi (Psst…sign up via this link and we’ll both receive 30 sparkly trees!) have saved 16.08 tonnes of CO2e in the last 6 months alone (as of April 2021) and we now have over 300 trees in our forest too!
And this Earth Day in an effort to promote the action we all need to take, we’re going to go one step further and for every Blue Goose coffee order made until the end of this month (April) we’re going to plant a tree on your behalf.
We’ll even send you a link so you can keep track of the tree’s progress. And if you spend over £22 on any one order, we’re going to up that to 5 Trees that we’ll plant in your name!
3. You can remove CO₂ right now!
For this year’s Earth Day, start removing your emissions.
Multiple studies now have all clearly established that in order to keep our planet habitable, not only do we need to do everything we can to reduce emissions but we also need to actively remove carbon dioxide from the air to restore a healthy balance of CO₂. This is where companies who offer carbon dioxide removal solutions play a part.
Blue Goose has partnered with Climeworks who is one such company facilitating CO₂ removal through innovative direct air capture technology. The carbon dioxide captured directly from the air can then either be recycled and used as a raw material, or completely removed from the air by safely storing it.
With Climeworks, everyone can remove their own carbon dioxide emissions from the air, and for this year’s Earth Day they’re offering everyone a free 3-month trial which would achieve the removal of 21kg of CO₂ for free! There’s no catch either – after the trial period the subscription ends and you choose at the end of 3 months whether you want to continue your subscription and sign up to a paid plan. You can multiply your impact by sharing the offer with your friends – just like we’re doing! – so that they can benefit from free CO₂ removal too. So go on, claim your free trial today and contribute to a healthier earth with a better balance of CO₂.
4. Fight Climate Change with a Diet Change
Global meat consumption has grown by a staggering 20% over the last 10 years.
Food production and current consumption levels are having a huge impact on our planet and pushing it to breaking point. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that the meat industry generates nearly 20% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, accelerating climate change worldwide.
Compare that to say producing a plant based burger which generates 90% less greenhouse gas emissions and has 93% less impact on land.
That’s not to say we all have to give up meat tomorrow, but it’s clear that we have to reign in our consumption and be a little more balanced. Just a little change can add up to a lot. For instance, if over the course of a year you ate one less burger a week, it would be the equivalent of taking your car off the road for 320 miles! So just committing to remove meat and dairy from your diet at least one or two days per week can add up to a significant impact.
5. Clean Up our Planet….one piece at a time
We’ve all seen it. It stares us in the face whenever we are out and about – our planet’s waterways and environment are overflowing with litter.
This year, one of Earth Day’s messages is – ‘Let’s clean up our planet — one piece at a time’. And there’s no better way to contribute to a cleaner and healthier planet than by committing today to safely and individually cleaning up the outdoor spaces around you.
It doesn’t take much. Taking a rubbish bag on your daily walk with you for example. Or if you’re a runner, why not try plogging. A combination of Swedish words plocka (to pick up) and jogga (to jog) Plogging represents any physical activity (jogging, rollerblding, etc) where you also collect litter in the process.
6. Go Clean Energy
One of the most immediate actions you can take to lower your carbon footprint is by switching to 100% renewable energy.
Whether you rent or own your home, there are many different green energy providers out there who source their electricity from certified renewable sources like solar, wind, hydro and biofuel.
Switching your energy supplier might even save you money too, and with estimates showing that people can halve their carbon footprint by switching to 100% renewable energy, this change seems like a no brainer.
Wouldn’t you be happier knowing that when you switch on your kettle or Nespresso machine at home that electricity is flowing from a solar panel or wind turbine? Combine that with the knowledge that the coffeee capsules from your favourite coffee producer are manufactured using renewable energy sources too and you’d be ticking several boxes at the same time!