Coffee With A Conscience

When it comes to your morning cup of java, do you ever think of its impact on our environment? No? You should. Coffee is the world’s 2nd most traded commodity and it is a commodity that millions of people in the tropics rely on economically.

When purchasing coffee, please consider choosing shade-grown, organic, fair trade and Rain Forest Alliance certified coffee. Shade-grown means the coffee is grown traditionally, under a canopy of trees. (delightful, right?) By choosing Rain forest Alliance certified coffee you support coffee grown on farms where forests, rivers, and the soil are protected and wildlife conserved. The workers are treated with respect, paid a fair wage, have the proper equipment, and are given access to medical care and educational services. Fairtrade means it’s grown by family farmers who are paid a fair wage and treated well.

So next time you purchase coffee, consider making a change for the better. You will enjoy your morning Cup o’ Joe more knowing that you are respecting the planet, as well as the local farmers and wildlife that live in the rain forest.

Sip slowly and enjoy it.

7 Responses to Coffee With A Conscience

  1. one4earth July 13, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    I think that fair trade certification is SO important. I do not think that the majority of consumers realize the true cost of cheap coffee and tea. I highly recommend watching the film “Blue Gold” to anyone who questions the need for fair trade laws.

  2. Sweet Greens July 13, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Hi one4earth,
    I agree. I don’t think most people understand the difference and the importance. Thank you for recommending the film, I will pick it up.

  3. one4earth July 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    Sure! I watched it last night and was surprised by how much I did not know that I thought I knew! Another good movie concerning water issues, which tie directly into agriculture, is “Flow.”

  4. Sweet Greens July 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm #

    Hi one4earth,
    I will have to watch both.
    Thanks again. xo.

  5. Kara Witham July 15, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    Do you have any brand suggestions? I drink a ton of coffee.

  6. Kara Witham July 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    p.s. I’d like to invite you to my blog, I’m having a giveaway of a lovely print by Lauren Alexander of Etsy. Come take a look when you have a spare moment here:

    Have a lovely day,

  7. Sweet Greens July 15, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    Hi Kara, You should join the Sweet Greens Fan Page on Facebook. We would love to have you and I posted a pic of my fav coffee there. I also have giveaways for fans only and we have a lot of fun there.

    Costco sells a Starbucks House Blend that is Organic and Fair Trade and tastes wonderful. I will definitely check out your blog. Thank you for inviting me.

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