Sustainability

Since 1996, Salt Spring Coffee has been committed to roasting quality organic coffee that doesn’t compromise our values or the environment.

Q: Are your bags recyclable?
A: Yes! But only in BC for now.

Recycle BC has launched a pilot program to begin recycling other flexible plastic packaging, which includes coffee bags—finally!

Over the years we’ve experimented with a number upcycling projects, and are always on the lookout for creative ways to use our high barrier coffee bags. We’re always on the hunt for suitable, sustainable coffee packaging. If you have suggestions, get in touch!

Why is sourcing sustainable coffee packaging tricky?

Oxygen speeds up coffee degradation, so it’s important to properly store coffee beans once they are freshly roasted.

We and countless other roasters use high barrier bags to package coffee that currently cannot be recycled. High barrier bags include a valve that lets off-gas nitrogen out and keeps oxygen from getting in. The coffee bean is the seed of a fruit – and, as is the case with fruit – it can spoil quickly unless it’s preserved and stored properly.

We’ve continued to research cellulose-based bags that biodegrade after use. This technology is becoming more widely available and we are optimistic that this might be an area where we find a viable solution. Our testing has shown that the product does not break down effectively unless it’s put through an intensive industrial composting process. And in many municipalities industrial composting is not easy to access, or even available.

Our team keeps close tabs on developments in the field of sustainable packaging with the intent to adopt suitable, sustainable coffee packaging as soon as packaging technology improves and it’s commercially available.

Q: Are your bags recyclable?
A: Yes! But only in BC for now.

Recycle BC has launched a pilot program to begin recycling other flexible plastic packaging, which includes coffee bags—finally!

Over the years we’ve experimented with a number upcycling projects, and are always on the lookout for creative ways to use our high barrier coffee bags. We’re always on the hunt for suitable, sustainable coffee packaging. If you have suggestions, get in touch!

Why is sourcing sustainable coffee packaging tricky?

Oxygen speeds up coffee degradation, so it’s important to properly store coffee beans once they are freshly roasted.

We and countless other roasters use high barrier bags to package coffee that currently cannot be recycled. High barrier bags include a valve that lets off-gas nitrogen out and keeps oxygen from getting in. The coffee bean is the seed of a fruit – and, as is the case with fruit – it can spoil quickly unless it’s preserved and stored properly.

We’ve continued to research cellulose-based bags that biodegrade after use. This technology is becoming more widely available and we are optimistic that this might be an area where we find a viable solution. Our testing has shown that the product does not break down effectively unless it’s put through an intensive industrial composting process. And in many municipalities industrial composting is not easy to access, or even available.

Our team keeps close tabs on developments in the field of sustainable packaging with the intent to adopt suitable, sustainable coffee packaging as soon as packaging technology improves and it’s commercially available.

Download a list of collection locations for your coffee bags and other flexible plastic recycling below:

DEPOT COLLECTION LOCATIONS PDF