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Sustainable Coffee

Environmental Impacts

Coffee is a multibillion-dollar global industry that has a huge impact on our planet. Due to the large demand in coffee, famers have been growing coffee using sun-growing methods that have many negative impacts on the environment, such as deforestation, water pollution, agrochemical usage, and waste production.

Fair Trade

"80% of the world’s coffee is grown by smallholder farmers, many of whom struggle to earn a reliable living". (

What is fair trade? Fair trade is an arrangement that helps farmers and producers have a better life by providing fair prices on produce, allowing for equitable trade relationships and environmental development. Fair trade also decreases child labour and forced labour as well as poverty.

What Can you do?

  • Support coffee shops that source sustainable coffee and use eco-friendly packaging.

  • Purchase fair trade coffee.

  • Support fair trade charities to take care of the environment.

  • Bring your own cup or thermos.

3 Sustainable Coffee Shops to Visit

White Squirrel - Located: 907 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G5

89 Studio - Located: 1065 Canadian Pl #104, Mississauga, ON L4W 0C2

Fair Grounds - Located: 3785 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Etobicoke, ON M8W 1R1

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