Today’s topic is coffee. Why? For three very good reasons. 1) I haven’t met one soul on this lovely planet that doesn’t like coffee. 2) I’m fascinated by it. From the aroma it releases when I prepare it in the morning, to its health benefits (despite all the controversial research articles out there, coffee does have a few health benefits. Click here to read about them.) which put a cute smile on my face every single time! 3) It's #NationalCoffeDay! Let’s face it. There’s something about coffee that makes us all drool over it, but here’s an eye-opening detail you might have not heard of since the companies of this second most traded commodity (after oil) do not put in on their products’ labels. Coffee production has a devastating effect on the planet and some of its most delicate eco-systems, and this devastation is increasing by the second. Just imagine this: 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed by us every year for which roughly 200,000 acres of rainforests are being burned on a daily basis. Let me rephrase this.. I wrote DAILY! What does this all mean though? Well, it basically means that this“massive deforestation is one of the leading causes of air and water pollution, soil erosion, malaria epidemics, the release of carbon dioxide, the loss of biodiversity through mass extinction of plants and animals. Fewer rainforests also mean less rain, less oxygen for us to breathe, and an increased threat from global warming.” (by: Going Green Today) That brings me to the fourth good reason of today’s topic: 4) There are ways to prevent these harmful impacts of coffee production without having to reduce your consumption entirely! We just need to look for the green frog. Yeap, I said: a lovely green frog on every product’s label. This green baby represents the Rainforest Alliance seal, which internationally recognizes businesses that are doing their part (and training their people) to follow the most suitable practices aimed at preserving the ecosystems and the local communities.
Another big issue is the chemical process of coffee. Coffee has been proven to be one of the most chemically-treated crops in the world. Solution? GO ORGANIC. Always!
A few of my favorite brands are:
"Grumpy Mule". Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance Certified, and Organic. UK only though :( I got a bag from a friend and LOVED! Check them out and you'll understand.
TOMS: Rainforest Alliance Certified, Provides water to communities where the beans are sourced from! Yay! (not organic though, that I know...).
Jungle Cat Coffee: Rainforest Alliance Certified. Fair-trade. Organic!
Do you guys know any other planet-loving brands? Please do share! xo