We caught up with Elaine and Peter who are about to open an eco-friendly coffee shop in the fair city of Dublin, Ireland. Their aim is to open a specialty coffee shop with a large focus on composting, recycling and the use of renewable energy.
Can you tell us a little about what being eco-friendly means to Pepper Laine?
As important as it is for us to be as eco-friendly as we can, it is also hugely about encouraging others to go down the same route. We want to be the change that we want to see in the world. Being eco-friendly is about helping our environment flourish in whatever way we can, such as reducing waste sent to landfill and helping eco-systems grow.
What inspired you to create a coffee shop that is eco-friendly?
Statistics, to put it simply. Coffee is the second highest traded commodity in the world after oil and if half of that coffee is consumed using takeaway, single-use, paper cups, that is a lot of unnecessary waste. We know how easy it can be to reduce waste, recycle, compost etc. and we are amazed at how few people/businesses do their part. We really enjoy great coffee and we want to know that our product is having an impact on peoples’ lives whether or not they are aware.
How does being eco-friendly benefit your producers?
We want to promote businesses that have similar aims to ours and want them to thrive too. Choosing producers and suppliers with these same values will be beneficial to grow themselves but also to maintain our goals. We want to support people who want to support the environment.
Where do you see the industry going in the future?
Green. Vibrant green.
What frustrates you most about the coffee industry? And how are you hoping to change that?
Aside from the lack of environmental awareness, we think that there needs to be more communication between people. And we don’t mean on social media because it is easy for anyone to comment or like a post, we mean face-to-face interaction. It’s so easy for everyone to get lost in their own world with emails, texts, social networks, that many people seem to forget about communicating in person.
What are your top tips for others trying to lead more sustainable lives?
Make your black bin (general waste) small and aim to use it only when it needs to be used. Once that’s done it will be a lot easier for you to establish a habit of recycling and composting more. And it will save you money. Turn talking into action.
When can we expect to purchase a Pepper Laine coffee?