The problem with Disposable Coffee Cups

The problem with Disposable Coffee Cups

Disposable Coffee Cup Recycling (infographic)

 

 Are you a coffee lover?  Do you take your coffee on the fly?  Have you ever considered what happens to all those disposable coffee cups?  It hadn’t really crossed our minds, ’til one day the guys over at Cater4You sent us an infographic on the subject…and well, we were shocked!

 

Do the world a favour and check out this infographic, you will be amazed at the impacts and issues created by all those coffees!  Did you know that coffee is now the second most popualr drink in the world, second only to water!  We need to get this issue sorted!  Hats off to all those suppliers offering an alternative to old school disposable coffee cups.  Please do your part and help alleviate this massive waste and recycling issue!  It should make you think twice next time you’re chasing a shot of liquid intelligence!

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Leave No Trace in Nature

Leave No Trace in Nature

 

 Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.

At Crann Og Eco Farm we actively promote the seven codes to our guests to ensure the preservation of our ecofarm and the surrounding woodlands and wetland areas.

 

Here are the Crann Og Eco Farm Leave No Trace Codes of Conduct:

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Know the regulations and special concerns for the area. Visit in small groups. Repackage food to minimize waste. Travel & camp on durable surfaces. Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.

Dispose of Waste Properly

Pack it in, pack it out. Pack out all trash & leftover food. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.

Leave What You Find

Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

Minimize Campfire Impacts

Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry.

Use only designated fireplaces at Crann Og, do not light fires in the woods. Use only wood supplied by Crann Og, do not collect firewood from the forest.

Respect Wildlife

Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed animals. Control pets at all times, or leave them at home. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud noises.

And why would we follow and support those principles?

Nature plays an important part in our daily lives and impacts us positively whether we are aware of it or not. Preserving the natural environment is one of our missions here as we are located next to protected woodlands and are advocates of reconnection to nature for education and health.

Following these principles is also a requirement for our Gold Certification with Ecotourism Ireland, the national ecotourism organization, ratified by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Get more info about our Leave No Trace & Conservation Values.

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Treading Lightly

Treading Lightly

Our Low Carbon Footprint

Minimising Environmental Impacts…….how good are we at Crann Og Eco Farm?

We have just calculated our current environmental impacts for our whole Eco Farm. We are 3 households, 1 main house and two up-scale recycled mobile homes, with 6 full time residents. We take in an average of 350 guests per year in our two wood cabins, yurt and A-frame cabin and various events. We also give three yoga classes per week almost all year round and operate our workshop equipped with many electrical tools.

According to www.carbonfootprint.com our total carbon footprint is 13.98 tonnes of CO2, or 2.3 tonnes per capita (6 people, not including all our guests!)………the Irish average per capita is 10.4 tonnes. The average for industrialised nations is 11 tonnes per capita. The average worldwide including the poorest nations is 4 tonnes per capita. So per capita, we come in at around half the world average and 22.4% of the Irish average. A fine result indeed!

Minimising Environmental Impacts

How good are we at Crann Og Eco Farm?

With the six of us and all our guests we generate just 12 X 120 litre wheelie bins of refuse per year and our electrical charges are a fraction of what you might expect. In the period reported below we used just 3765 kWh (Irish average household uses 5,300kWh per year) at a cost of €1300. Please see the graph below and remember we are 6 people and loads of guests (and that workshop!). The spike from April to June 2014 is when we were doing a lot of metal welding and cutting.

We are really excited about these statistics, it demonstrates to us that our reduce, reuse and recycle methodologies are working very well indeed! How do we do it? Visit our website and check out our Environmental Management and Ecotourism Practices pages for the low down!

How do you fare in comparison? All are welcome to visit us at Crann Og Eco Farm to see and learn how simple it is to reduce your own environmental impacts and live a much more sustainable lifestyle……we look forward to meeting you soon!

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