A CORK-based coffee company has taken steps to improve the environment by providing cups and packaging that are 100% compostable.
The Priory Coffee Company, located in the city on North Main Street and on Youghal's Main Street, said protecting the environment has become an important issue for customers.
“We endeavour to carry out the Priory Coffee development, management, and operation in a sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion,” said Carol Murphy, who manages social media and public relations for the group.
“Sustainability has many definitions but we believe it consists of more than just environmental issues.
“We focus on sustainability based on the three environmental, social, and economic pillars,” she added.
“When it comes to our packaging and disposable materials, we investigate the most environmentally friendly options and aim to use recyclable, sustainable, or compostable materials wherever possible,” added Carol.
“Our take-away cups, cutlery, packaging and more are 100% compostable.
“Our cup is no ordinary cup. The wood pulp is from a sustainable source and the lining is made from plants, not oil. That makes it suitable for domestic or commercial composting.
“It will breakdown in nutrient rich soil in just 180 days.
“Not only that, it is a guaranteed Irish product, made in Cork by Down2Earth Materials - who themselves have won many environmental and sustainability awards for their products and work.”
Priory also seriously consider the environment and the "reduce, reuse, recycle" philosophy when opening new locations.
“We renovate, repurpose, and reuse all we can with regards to previously disused properties, furniture, fittings, decoration, and more by local craftspeople and artists,” said Carol.
“Each location is carefully considered with it's own character and designed in a bespoke fashion - albeit with our distinctly priory-esque style.
“By renovating and opening stores on the main streets of small and medium towns and city districts, we are bringing business back into the local community and creating a place for the community to meet and enjoy.
“We support and sponsor local events in the areas such as sporting events, clubs and societies, charity events, and art, design and music."
As well as social and environmental sustainability, Carol said it is impossible to have a business without economic sustainability.
“We can’t have a business without some talk of finances so we, of course, want to be economically sustainable.
“We want to stay busy in our towns providing a super service, and great coffee and food too,” she added.
“However, what we do will also sustain our local producers, suppliers, staff, crafts people, and by extension, sustain our wider towns and communities.”