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Coffee Consumption Rises as Toll on Conscience Plummets

BEC dropped off our first load of used Nespresso recyclable coffee pods this morning! Our Brisbane office has used 325 coffee pods since getting our new machine this Christmas – that’s 325 non-recyclable coffee cups not sent to landfill.

Not all coffee pod machines use recyclable pods, but our Nespresso machine does, and Nespresso has set up their recycling process to be as easy as possible.  The closest coffee pod recycling point from our Fortitude Valley head office is an easy 500m walk down the road at Phoebe Stephen Flowers.

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BEC Supporting the Rosie May Foundation

As part of our corporate citizenship, we recently donated to the Rosie May Foundation who work with Children in Sri Lanka and Nepal. The Rosie May Foundation is working toward a world in which every child lives in a safe and nurturing home, with a family and a future.  For more info check out their website and their newsletter.  To make your own donation visit the Rosie May Foundation’s page on Just Giving.

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Coffee Cup Menace

Despite its innocent papery appearance, your disposable coffee cup might be much more sinister than it seems. The ABC’s War on Waste clearly identified take-away coffee cups as a major sustainability issue. Contrary to common belief, they are not recycled. The plastic lining ensures that they almost never make it to a recycling plant (regardless of what bin you put them in). They don’t biodegrade either, so Australia’s astronomical demand for its daily coffee fix means these cups reach landfill in plague proportions. It is estimated that disposable coffee cups are the second largest litter waste product, outdone only by plastic bottles.

Perhaps the simplest solution is reusable cups! The movement is growing in Australia with environmentalists everywhere encouraging co-workers and friends; and some coffee shops offering discounts for customers who bring their own cup. But for those who struggle to remember that cup when they leave home, there are other options.

The BEC team recently decided to do something about our contribution to the disposable coffee cup menace.  As an office Christmas present, we invested in a sparkly new coffee machine. We chose the  Nespresso pod system which delivers a quality caffeine fix with a low environmental imprint (Who knew George Clooney was such an environmentalist?).  So far, the machine has been a huge hit with the team – it has satisfied even the most ardent coffee lovers among us, and has trimmed our disposable-cupped-coffee-consumption almost completely! The aluminium coffee pods that Nespresso uses are entirely recyclable, and they make it as easy as possible for you to send them in. When the used coffee pods are returned, 100% of the aluminium is recycled and the used coffee grounds go into compost. As an additional bonus, George Cloony’s face makes a pretty classy recycling bin!

 

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Combining Sustainability and Luxury – Sunrise at 1770

Sunrise at 1770 combines three of the BEC Team’s favourite things: high-end luxury housing, a strong emphasis on sustainability and long walks on the beach. The multi-award-winning housing development spans six beaches and 625 hectares along Australia’s stunning eastern coastline, but is more than just a luxury gated community.

While the community offers permanent and holiday residents a slew of state-of-the-art facilities (pools, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and dining pavilions are just a few) it strives to be more than just an idyllic holiday destination.  Sunset at 1770 embraces best environmental practice and excellence in design technology in order to ensure that sustainability remains a foundational goal throughout its design and operation.  It’s a sentiment that the BEC team gets right alongside, as we continually implement the same goals in our own operation.

For more information and some gorgeous pictures, check out the Sunrise at 1770 website. Our most recent BEC Christmas retreat took us to a very similar beach-side community, take a look at some of the photos!

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