You Are Not Alone, You Are Part of The Common Good!
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In our previous article, we explained the difficulty of finding a 100% compostable packaging for our coffee, and now we have a bag can biodegrade at the same rate the skin of an orange- in 180 days.
Being a young company, we realize that having sustainable practices not only represents a higher monetary cost when choosing things such as packaging, but also requires a major expense in time and energy when finding an alternative solution. Sometimes, we might think that putting so much effort into these details is not worth it, because we might feel that the impact of our individual actions or company is very small. That's why we started to collaborate with other companies and projects with similar values in producing products more sustainably and generating a greater positive impact on society.
Instead of hiding under the label of corporate “social responsibility” or deceptive "green washing" we truly want to generate a positive impact on society, not only with the eco design of our packaging but also by generating a positive impact in the economic, ecological and social fields.
So, we have collaborate with other companies that can make use of some of the waste generated in our coffee shop and roastery. In another article from Plant A Douce, the founder of Beyond Coffee, Tobias Lau , has pointed out that the process of brewing coffee into a beverage consumes only 0.2% of its nutrients- the surplus being 99.8% in coffee waste. A few months ago, we repurposed our used coffee grounds into coffee mushrooms, a project in collaboration with La seta en café, a brand in Barcelona that collects coffee grounds to produce fresh mushrooms, grown from coffee byproduct.
We have also started our collaboration in a timely manner with another project that works in the field of circular economy. UpEnergia collects coffee grounds to create a source of clean and recycled biomass to produce heat energy. They do this by cleaning the coffee ground of impurities and converting them into coffee pellets with high pressure.
"Using the energy from the waste we generate not only keeps our environment clean, but it frees us from relying on fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal) that impose much more damage to the environment," they explained.
Especially after the economic crisis in Spain,with the general rise in energy prices and stagnation of average wages, a part of the population suffers from energy vulnerability or can not afford to pay for a heat source. This is one more reason to reuse coffee grounds to generate energy. In addition, people from vulnerable groups such as young migrants fleeing poverty and conflict, are employed.
This company converts organic waste into alternative energy, creating a positive and circular impact by socio-labor inclusion of people experiencing social exclusion.
Sounds good, right? Do you also have another project with these values in mind? Well, you are not alone …
Now , have you heard of the economy for the common good? It is an alternative, but inexpensive way of running a company, based on values such as human dignity, equality, social justice, solidarity, democracy, transparency, trust or ecological sustainability. It aims to promote an economic model and assess companies that do not only focus on financial gain, but are governed by other criteria such as the measurement of happiness, satisfaction of needs, and wellbeing of employees.
Publishing a company’s compliance with these criteria may allow the consumer to choose products with more of a message- that the company they chose to purchase from are also guided by the values of the common good. This could also gain the company a legal advantage, allowing them to survive against the values of the current competition.
If you want know more, or whether you belong in the economy for the common good, attached is a self-assessment tool you can use:
The proposal of the movement of the common good is for this tool to be applied by all companies. It also acts as a leveler for economic, political and social status for organizations that respect humans and the environment.
See you soon again at PlantADouce
Carmen Callizo from SlowMov
Photos by KaiChi Chuang
Edit by WELNEY HUANG
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Up! Energy was born with the aim of generating ALTERNATIVE ENERGY of organic waste, promoting the CIRCULAR ECONOMY and creating opportunities for SOCIO-LABOR INCLUSION for vulnerable groups, with a focus on young migrants, especially those who come to our country in distress.
More details of this innovative project and be one of the conscious angle to back up. Every small amount counts. Visit crowdfunding page via Like here.