Our commitment to sustainability
FreshGround is committed to a sustainable future. We continuously strive to promote sustainability in all areas of the business including our products, facilities, operations and policies.
We’re committed to working towards operating in the most efficient and sustainable ways possible. This is important to us but also to our employees, our customers, our suppliers, our local communities, and the wider coffee industry we help represent.
Sustainability in our products
Energy saving equipment
Our range of office coffee machines and water dispensers and taps have high-efficiency ratings and energy-saving functionality as standard. This not only helps the environment but it also saves our customers money.
Bye bye bottles!
All of the water coolers that we offer are mains-fed models. We don’t offer any bottle-fed water coolers because they are not environmentally sustainable. We will always encourage customers to switch from bottle-fed to mains-fed water coolers meaning bottle production and emissions get reduced and fewer deliveries and collections also help to minimise transport emissions.
Cut down on plastics
Single-use plastic is one of the biggest and most dangerous pollutants which is why we always promote the use of reusable cups and bottles. Our offices are free of single-use plastics and we encourage our customers to do the same.
The Rainforest Alliance
FreshGround’s premium range of coffees has at least 30% content grown and harvested on Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. Improving farmer livelihoods and investing in sustainable practices are important to us at FreshGround and important to the Rainforest Alliance.
The farms where our premium coffee is sourced all follow sustainable farming practices. Each one has met rigorous environmental criteria which helps farmers build climate resilience and protect soil health, waterways, tropical forests, and supports the overall ecosystem that’s vital to coffee crop production.
Choosing our coffee means that you’re supporting the Rainforest Alliance and helping to make a more sustainable future for everyone.
Sustainability in facilities and operations
We’ve implemented a number of green initiatives across our offices. Our head office is powered entirely via our on-site solar farm. We have PhotoVoltaic panels on the roof that capture the sun’s energy and convert it to electricity. We’re 100% self-sufficient during office hours and any extra energy, we simply sell back to the grid.
We’re reducing our carbon footprint and continue to review our travel policy. We promote the use of electric transport and have electric car charging facilities on site. Our company vehicles are in the process of being replaced with either electric or hybrid vehicles in line with Government policy and timelines. Our fleet of technician vehicles is also Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) compliant to reduce the impact on the environment in London and other urban areas.
In the office, we have installed auto-switch lighting. All of our lighting is activated via motion sensors making us more energy efficient. If no one’s down the far end of the office, we don’t need to turn the lights on! Likewise, there’s no worry about forgetting to hit a light switch, as the system powers down automatically when nobody is about.
Our team is committed to operating more sustainability and as such none of our waste goes to landfills. All of our outer packaging is made from FSC accredited recycled cardboard. Any non-environmentally friendly packaging materials have been audited and replaced with recycled and recyclable alternatives, where possible. We have a target to be 100% recyclable.
Recycling coffee grounds
We recycle everything we can and encourage our customers to do the same. The UK produces a quarter of a million tonnes of waste coffee grounds so we encourage our customers to partner with BioBeans Renewal to help reduce this. BioBeans send off used coffee grounds to their recycling factory in Cambridgeshire, where the grounds are dried, renewing them for reuse in valuable products to benefit both people and the planet.
Reusing coffee grounds
At FreshGround, we donate all our coffee grounds locally to vegetable growers as it makes for a brilliant fertiliser. Coffee grounds contain several essential nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, along with micronutrients so it helps vegetables to grow and means that none of our coffee grounds goes to waste. There are actually lots of uses for coffee grounds that you can read about in our blog.