Our products, packaging and the environment
The Lake District isn’t ideal coffee and tea growing country so we can’t avoid having to look overseas for green beans and teas. We can, however, make a difference where possible. We roast on gas as this produces the finest results. Gas also produces only one third of the greenhouse gases that other fossil fuel derived electricity does. Our power is 100% from renewable sources.
The biggest challenge for coffee roasters and tea merchants is single-use plastic. The majority of bags and pouches used today are made up of multiple layers of plastics that make recycling impossible. We are introducing coffee and loose tea packaging made of a single recyclable materia, accepted as part of house refuse collections. This means you can recycle all our bags! We've even stopped printing the bags to prevent contamination during the recycling process.
Our tea bags are now 100% plastic free and 100% biodegradeable. Our tea bag wrappers and boxes are 100% recyclable. As are our clear stand-up pouches.
Our coffee pods are 100% compostable. The wrapper they come in is also compostable and the boxes fully recyclable.
If you get a delivery in a box please recycle or hand it back to us. We love our Penningtons brand, but recognise that ‘other brands are available’ when it comes to cardboard boxes.
Over 95% of the waste produced at our Roastery is recycled. Ask us for coffee chaff - makes a great fertilser. We upcycle pallets (please call if you want some). Coffee bags have been made into cushions and others get a second life in local primary school sack races!
These changes make PENNINGTONS the most environmentally friendly coffee and tea merchant in the North West which is great for people and planet. There is more to do and we continually strive to reduce the impact of our business on the environment as it is the right thing to do.