Ethical Bean is a cafe and roastery on Kootenay St. in Vancouver.
Ethical Bean roasts 100% of their beans themselves. 100% of their coffee is FairTrade Canada certified, 100% of coffee is organic, pesticide free, and approximately three quarters of their coffee is grown in shade gro n plantation. 50% of all of their coffee is Bird Friendly Certified. Almost all non-coffee drinks are sustainably certified. They have some vegetarian and vegan options on their menu.
Cups are made from fully compostable paper, and cup lids are made from recycled plastic. Straws are made from biodegradable material, and, disregarding COVID, reusables are encouraged and discounts are given to people who brought in reusable cups for coffee
HVAC filters are replaced regularly. Low flow sinks are used. Most soaps are not tested on animals and are non-toxic. Almost all soaps and cleaners are not tested on animals and non-toxic. Low VOC paints are used, and decals are used in some windows to lower window bird strikes.
Ethical Bean sustainaibly disposes of almost all types of waste, and sorts general waste into many categories. Waste audits are done less than once a year. Ethical Bean limits the amount of food that goes to landfills.
Ethical Bean coffee regularly does community outreach and charity, and has a longstanding partnership with ChildAid, as well as donations to Project Somos, an orphan prevention program for young and widowed mothers in midwestern Guatemala. Ethical Bean encourages employees to make sustainable decisions, and more than half of their staff commute to work in a sustainable manner (walking, public transit, carpool, etc…)
Ethical Bean sells and supplies sustainable beans for many local cafes. They offer a free coffee for bikers program, with a bike rack outside their cafe, as well as electric car plug-in spots. They have a bag return program, where 12 bags of coffee can be returned for a new bag, the 12 bags being properly disposed of.
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