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Learning How to Live More Sustainably

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This month there is a double helping of awareness for those who want to learn how to live more sustainably. You'll find ideas and references below on how to live a more sustainable life. 

How to live more sustainably this Organic September

At Owens, we know this month as ‘Organic September’: A month of awareness driven by the Soil Association to encourage businesses and consumers to switch to organic methods, produce and products. This year, the organisation is highlighting the benefits of organic foods and farming as the world faces climate change, ill health through diet, and a general widespread decline in wildlife.

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As a starting point, the benefits of organically certified foods and farming include:

Supporting biodiversity and wildlife

Reduced exposure to pesticides

Helping to combat climate change

The highest standards of animal welfare

Food as it should be, and food you can trust


However, if you'd like to find out more, check out the links below:

Why organic foods and farming are better

Why choose organic coffee?


Make a pledge to live more sustainably this September

Why not make a pledge for our planet this Organic September?

You could switch to organic coffee only at home. Or pledge to bring a reusable cup to your local coffee shop the next time you go there. One of our favourites is the Kinto Travel Tumbler, available in 360ml and 500ml sizes.


How to live more sustainably with Zero Waste Week (6th – 10th September)

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This week is also Zero Waste Week.

Zero Waste Week is an award-winning annual awareness campaign which helps businesses, schools, universities, organisations, individuals and community groups reduce their landfill waste, save money and preserve resources.

At Owens, waste reduction is something we consider every day. Find out more about our commitment to improving sustainability through waste reduction and more here.

Reducing our food wastage: Too Good To Go

One of our most recent changes is that Owens Coffee has signed up to the app ‘Too Good To Go’

Did you know that ONE THIRD of food produced is wasted!? What a shocking statistic!

When Roastery customer (and keen sustainability champion) Travis recently visited the shop, he suggested that we might consider signing up to the app as a way to reduce any wasted surplus fresh food we have left over in the shop at the end of the day, as well as unsold coffee beans which are getting closer to their ‘best before’ date (because we all know that fresh coffee is the BEST kind of coffee!).

We listened and when this was put to the team, everyone loved the idea!

We are now thrilled to be partnering with Too Good to Go whose app is helping us and our customers to fight food waste.

How you can help reduce food wastage with Too Good to Go

How does it work? When we have surplus food left over in our shop at The Roastery in Ivybridge, we make up goody bags at around 2pm and advertise these for sale at a reduced rate on the app. The goody bags can then be collected between 3pm and 4pm. Some days there is no surplus, and others we can have up to 3 or 4 bags available.

Even if we don’t have goody bags available, there are lots of other retailers, restaurants and cafes who are part of the scheme. Sign up to the app today and join the fight against food waste!



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