More Ways to Go Green in Your Cafe

A few weeks ago, we discussed the benefits of going green in your café. Some of the examples we touched on were, offering Stockton Graham & Co.’s NCompass coffees, switching to paperless invoices and keeping your equipment clean! Today we are going to expand on that and cover a few more ways to help your shop better serve the community as well as the environment.

Use Mugs!
One of the easiest ways to cut down on waste is to eliminate it from your shop all together. Many cafes are removing all paper cups from their shops and are switching to ceramic mugs that are easily washable and can be used time, and time again. Not only does it give your café that fancy touch, but serving your coffee in custom mugs with your shop name or logo on it is also a great way to advertise your business. If you wish to stay with paper products, you could encourage and reward customers for bringing in their own mugs to drink out of for a discount of around ten cents off their drink total. This helps to reduce the number of cups in the trash!

Biodegradable or Post-Consumer Recyclable Products!
Just about any paper product in your café can be replaced with a greener equivalent. This includes all cups, sleeves, napkins and more. This allows all of these products that end up in landfills (or those stragglers that don’t make it into a trashcan) to naturally decompose to help keep the environment green, even when we forget to. If you are interested in inquiring or learning more about biodegradable products for your café, give us a call and we will be happy to assist you!

Reuse your Coffee Grounds!
As a coffee shop owner, you know how much coffee grounds are left over every day, but the question is, what do you do with them? If you are just throwing them away, you might as well make them useful. Coffee grounds happen to be very acidic, so they are a great fertilizer for acid-loving plants. If you have plants such as roses or azaleas in or outside of your shop, coffee grounds will help your plants look better than ever!

Install Efficient Lighting!
Lighting your shop is just about the only source of energy that you cannot tone down, turn off or unplug while open for business. Your lights are always on, and constantly spinning your electric meter. Other than serving your customers in the dark, your next best alternative is utilizing energy efficient lighting. Compact florescent lights last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, and use around 70 percent less energy too. Having CFL bulbs installed in your shop will help to slow down that meter and significantly lower your power bill!

Going green not only helps make your community a better place, but it shows your customers you are being responsible. In today’s world customers notice qualities like that and in return, offer you their business. For more tips on how to improve the environment and your bottom line, give SGC a call today!

Also feel free to review our customer success tools for more ideas on ways to save!

Matt Hogan
Stockton Graham & Co.