STOKES BLOG New environmental footprint drives down waste with eco friendly coffee

Recycling has become such an important factor for both businesses and consumers and it has had a huge impact on the natural environment. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste as well as preserving natural resources. 

Climate change is increasingly introducing big changes in the food and drink industry, and when you look into the statistics it is clear to see why. 

Around 52 million tonnes of waste goes to landfill in the UK every year, and the majority of this is food, drink and associated packaging. According to a study by Earthwatch Europe, an estimated 5.5 billion plastic bottles are littered, incinerated or sent to landfill each year. This produces 233,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.

Due to this growing concern and the fact that so many people eat out regularly, companies are doing their bit to minimise negative impacts on the environment. This can include a huge range of things such as, having recycling bins present, using recyclable materials and cutting down on the amount of plastic used.

Environmental footprint

Stokes Coffee is a family business and we have been around for well over a century. We are taking an innovative approach to try and reduce environmental impacts in the areas of waste, water, energy and air quality. We deliver wholesale orders to thousands of businesses and already many of our customers have been quick to sign up to our new scheme.

Eco friendly coffee

The Zero Waste scheme is designed to cut down on packaging waste by delivering coffee and tea to our customers in reusable buckets. The main benefit of the bucket is that it can be used repeatedly, and it still keeps products perfectly fresh and in peak condition. 

Using the buckets can potentially save over sixty bags on just one order. This is one of many steps that we are taking to minimise waste. Here are a few more examples of what we are doing:

  • Using local produce 
  • Investing in recyclable packaging
  • Supporting the free top-up refill water scheme
  • Planting trees in the UK and overseas
  • Using upcycled materials to refurbish premises
  • Reducing emissions with our eco-friendly coffee roaster which helps to cut the use of natural gas and CO2 emissions 
  • Repurposing coffee grounds and sacks 

At our cafes, we are also proud to serve the finest and freshest ingredients that come from local sources, allowing us to support our lovely local producers and cut down food miles too. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact their purchases have on people and the environment. This is why we are continuously using sustainably sourced products at Stokes Coffee and  offering packaging-free options too.. 

Our wholesale products

Stokes Coffee is an award-winning family business with almost 120 year’s experience. As well as operating cafes we also supply the highest quality wholesale and retail coffees, teas and equipment to customers all over the UK. We are here to support businesses of all shapes and sizes with the best wholesale products. We will not only supply you with the machines and products, but we can also help with the installation, servicing and training. We have everything you need to make your customers happy and keep them coming back for more. 

To find out more information about our wholesale products or our coffee and tea reusable bucket scheme you can contact us on 01522 523548 or email us at