Sustainable Coffee you can Measure.
At STANDPOINT we measure our sustainability through 6 core areas:
Organic certification promotes sustainable agriculture system that produces food in harmony with nature, supports biodiversity, and enhances soil health.
To achieve organic certification the farmer must abstain from using any prohibited substances on the land for at least three years and continue to farm without such substances to maintain the organic certification. Prohibited substances include most synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
Organic standards are based on seven general principles:
Protect the environment, minimize soil degradation and erosion, decrease pollution, optimize biological productivity and promote a sound state of health.
- Maintain long-term soil fertility by optimizing conditions for biological activity within the soil.
- Maintain biological diversity within the system.
- Recycle materials and resources to the greatest extent possible within the enterprise.
- Provide attentive care that promotes the health and meets the behavioural needs of livestock.
- Prepare organic products, emphasizing careful processing, and handling methods in order to maintain the organic integrity and vital qualities of the products at all stages of production.
- Rely on renewable resources in locally organized agricultural systems.
Certified Fair Trade
Fair Trade is an important support certification for organic farming. Without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers the coffee yield is lower, and Fair Trade aims to compensate farmers for the loss of revenue and helps build an economy that supports a better life for farming families. Fair Trade also provides market access for marginalized producers, sustainable and equitable trading relationships, and advocacy and consumer awareness. Coffee purchased from certified cooperatives must be at or above the Fair Trade Minimum Price as set by Fair Trade International. Fair Trade establishes a long-term, equitable partnership between farmers and roasters.
Small Scale Farming
Everything starts with our coffee producers, the farmers who cultivate the finest Certified Organic and Fair Trade coffee we roast for you. We import high-quality, organic green coffee from small-scale farmer organizations to build long-term relationships and foster fair and equitable trading practices. The goal is to make coffee-growing a sustainable business for farmer families and their communities.
This helps build thriving communities and we are proud of being party to the overall improvement of quality of life for our partners and their communities. Supporting small scale farmers is an key element of sustainable coffee.
Roasted with Renewable Energy
Sustainability also applies to us. Our roasters are energy efficient and smokeless emitting less CO2 and using less energy than traditional roasters. We went further and source our gas from a renewable energy company that provides bio-gas from organic waste – not fossil fuel, and electricity from wind and water.
Sustainability also applies to how we package and ship our coffee. The pouches we use are bio-degradable with plant-based polymer liners. Even the packaging peanuts we use for bulk orders are biodegradable.
1% for the Planet
We also want to give back. By joining 1% for the Planet we are taking responsibility to protect our planet, and give back 1% of our sales to the environment by supporting a diverse group of environmental organizations. Collectively we can be a more powerful source in solving the world’s problems. Companies profit from the resources they take from the earth, and they should protect those resources.
1% for the Planet brings dollars and doers together to accelerate smart environmental giving.
Enjoy a cup of STANDPOINT Coffee and feel good about the impact you made.