At a time when it can be difficult to discern whether companies are practicing what they preach, we focus on making a difference through transparency. Being transparent about our efforts towards sustainability is a way for us to strive for real, measurable change. Here are the main sustainability principles which shape our our roadmap to green development:
Our sustainability principles
Sustainable coffee production
The coffee industry holds its fair share of the blame for the environmental challenges we face today. Conventional coffee farming uses monocultural practices that reduce the areas for nature and wildlife to exist. The frequent use of pesticides and fertilizer contaminates both groundwater and soil on coffee farms.
Packaging-free and fossil-free delivery
We are constantly looking to minimize our use of the planet’s resources. One way of doing so is to minimize our packaging consumption: our coffee is packaged in bags made out of cornstalk that are 100% biodegradable. Our capsules are also biodegradable, plant-based and approved for industrial composting, and the cardboard boxes that we use for shipping are FSC certified.
We are also implementing circular packaging in the greater Copenhagen area. Our customers can pick up package-free coffee at our office on Esromgade 15, and we will soon start delivering coffee to businesses in reusable coffee containers which we will pick up and reuse when they are empty. All of our deliveries are made in an electric van to further reduce emissions.
1% for green development
At ØNSK, sustainability is not just about reducing our carbon footprint: it is also about establishing and maintaining a sustainable and direct trading relationship with our coffee farmers. In addition to ensuring that farmers are paid fairly for their work, we dedicate 1% of our revenue to green development projects at the farms where our coffee is cultivated.
These development projects are a way to make coffee production more sustainable on each farm where we source our coffee from. Since these methods are hugely influenced by the surrounding environment and resources available to the farmers, no two solutions are the same. That’s why constant communication and open dialogue with our partners is key.
Through development, we also hope to improve the quality of the coffee. Improving the quality of coffee has a trickle-down effect for both our own business and that of the coffee farmers, since it establishes a sustainable and more resistant product. Win-win.
Certified B Corporation
Want to learn more about our sustainability principles? Our roadmap to green development, as well as our sustainability principles, are written out in full detail in our annual sustainability report.
The report also indicates exactly how we source and price our coffee, as well as our code of conduct, energy consumption and waste management as a business.