AND WE NEED TO DO OUR PART
We love Utah, the beautiful Capitol Reef National Park, and our planet. We want to share some of the ways in which we are dedicated to sustainability and preserving the things we love.
Whenever possible, we reuse packaging materials like boxes and fillers. We share a space with The Wild Rabbit Cafe in Torrey and they're more than happy to give us boxes from deliveries. Our packages may be ugly, but man, does it feel good to re-use!
One of the best ways we can acknowledge our environmental role as coffee roasters in is in our choice of packaging. It's a crucial component of our business. The global impact of traditional foil-lined coffee bags is significant, so we wanted to join the movement of eco-conscious companies that are making the switch to sustainable packaging.
Roasting artisan coffee means ensuring the quality of our beans. Coffee bags need valves to let the coffee off-gas without letting oxygen into the bag, and liners to keep the beans fresh, so choosing packaging is a delicate balance between quality and sustainability. As the industry pushes forward with new research and technology in packaging, we will be there doing our part!
We are ensuring quality coffee and honoring our commitment to sustainable practices by choosing:
Biotre compostable coffee bags: The outer layers consist of cellulose from wood pulp. These materials make up 60% of the bag and have been shown to break down into healthy compost in 12 weeks when tested according to a test method called ASTM D6400. The interior layer of the bag is made with an additive that makes it “oxo-degrade”. This additive has been shown to allow plastic to break into microscopic pieces under specific conditions over 5-10 years vs. the estimated 1,000 years needed for normal plastic. Biotre bags preserve our natural resources by reducing the use of finite fossil fuel and mineral resources. While most barrier packaging is made from almost exclusively petroleum-based plastics or aluminum foil, Biotre film layers consist of 60% renewable plants.
Biostone labels: Eco-friendly label that is actually made of stone—no trees are used. Label is made from bonded waste material collected from marble quarries.
HOW TO COMPOST YOUR SHOOKE COFFEE BAG:
1. Remove tin tie, degassing valve, and label
Simply tear it off the tin tie, remove the valve by pulling on the corner, and tear off the label.
2. Discard or compost the bag
The remaining bag material is compostable. We recommend tossing the bag into your regular home compost heap. You can also discard the bag into your trash.