Organic Coffee – Green Office Products

Eco friendly choices in coffee and office break room supplies include:

Fair Trade Certified Coffee Fair Trade coffees help farming families by paying a guaranteed fair, above market price for their harvest, thus providing them with a decent, living wage. This is accomplished by avoiding middlemen and dealing directly with farmers and their cooperatives. Not all Fair Trade Certified coffee is necessarily organic. However, Fair Trade Certified does require strict environmental stewardship such as prohibiting the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the most hazardous pesticides. All Fair Trade coffee must be certified by TransFair USA, an independent non-profit international agency that monitors and certifies Fair Trade products in the United States.

Certified Organic Coffee Certified organic coffee is grown without synthetic pesticides or other prohibited substances, according to U.S. standards for organic production and certified by an agency accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Organic coffee farming relies on sustainable crop rotation, and is mainly shade grown, producing delicious, pure coffees.

Rainforest Certified Coffee The Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit conservation organization, works in partnership with eight Latin American conservation groups to ensure that coffee farms meet a set of exacting standards that protect forests, waterways, soils and wildlife as well as the rights and welfare of workers and local communities. The standards require ecosystem and wildlife conservation as well as agro-chemical reduction. They also verify that workers have access to basic human services, such as health care, education, dignified housing and just wages. On average, workers on Rainforest Alliance Certified farms earn twice the local minimum wage. Farms that meet the standards are awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal. Look for the Rainforest Alliance Certification logo with a small green frog on the packaging.

Green Office Products: Reduce, reuse and recycle office supplies. Supply office break rooms with biodegradable plates, utensils and eco container cups and lids.