Here at Perky Blenders we want to do everything we can to prevent further harm to our planet.
Technologies, offerings and behaviors are slowly evolving and we hope to explain, educate as well as ask for your assistance when disposing of certain consumables to ensure that very little ends up in landfill.
In order to be fully transparent here's a list of items we use and how best to handle them once they've left us.
our coffee bags:
All of the elements, zipper, the plastic inside, the valve etc are biodegradable. However, they are different types that will degrade at different rates. If you cut out the zipper and the valve and whip off the label you can pop this part of the bag into your garden waste bin, this will degrade in approx 85 days.
The label you can pop into your regular paper recycling and the valve/zipper if placed in your regular household waste bin, will degrade in approx 10 years.
Our bags are made by 'Bak2earth' and are oxo-degradable. They're made with 45 to 60% renewable wood pulp are are tested with USA ASTM D-6868 and D-6400 standard.
Zero packaging is always the best alternative. If you live near our cafe 'Project 660', we have two dispensers (one for Forest Blend and one for Decaf). Bring along a container in which you'd like to store your beans, we'll fill it up and you simply pay buy the gram. Each time you fill up you'll get a free coffee for your efforts.
Please note that we can't offer ground coffee through this method as it's far too messy, often requires a bag (defeating the point) and risks contamination of coffee :)
What happens if you don't live near to one of our cafes for the zero-packing option, order online for you or someone else?
We currently work with Waltham Forest's 'Zero-Emissions-Delivery' team, also known as ZED. Anyone currently in the E10, E11 and E17 postcode will not only get they delivery paid for by us (just a little incentive by us to keep on the green path) but it will be delivered by bicycle. The team and locations are constantly growing along with bigger courier companies adding electric vehicles to their fleet we hope one day that we'll be able to offer a fully fuel free delivery.
our coffee cups:
Being a hot topic in the last few years, we thought we'd help clarify what's currently on offer. Sadly there aren't many waste plants that can handle 'recyclable' coffee cups and even fewer that can handle 'biodegradable/compostable'. This is down to the 'lining' of the cup (so that it stays somewhat waterproof) as it's not easily separated or able to identify which are recyclable or compostable in the processing plants.
So when you see green cups in a coffee shop it falls on you, the customer to make sure it ends up in the right area. Sadly, most will get removed from councils garden waste, sent to landfill or incinerated to prevent contaminating the other items in the batch.
Council's are slowly becoming able to manage these, but we'd say it's best to go with 'recyclable' cups if you have to as more places can process them. If you head to Ace to see which councils offer what. Something bearing in mind when choosing which area to dispose of your cup in at the end of your journey.
Bring your own cup! Get in the habit of carrying one with you, we offer a 40p incentive too! Pay back time varies from cup to cup so be sure to buy one for life. We work with our friends at KeepCup who offer a range or colours, finishes and sizes available online and in all of our cafes.
our coffee grounds:
All of our used coffee grounds from our cafe's are delivered by bike to an allotment in Epping. Any leftovers are then given to the sensational SoapSmith to make their infamous coffee body scrub.