Innovating to Sustain

Because we only have one planet

Cutting out carbon
Salt Spring Coffee was an early adopter when it comes to measuring and managing our carbon footprint and impact. Tracking energy use and waste is key: the vast majority of our emissions come from burning natural gas to roast our green beans—more than 80 percent of emissions for each of the past three years. After moving our roasting facility to Richmond in December 2010, we realized our gas usage had increased. We investigated, made operational changes and were able to reduce the amount of gas we use by 20 percent. Externally, we have moved away from third-party carbon offsets and begun investing directly in projects that reduce GHG emissions in our source communities.
Metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent201320142015
Total gross emissions468.32468.32449.49
Transportation (people and goods)84.35145.74120.92
Other (refrigeration and paper consumption)0.660.660.89

Being Zero Heroes

The amount of waste diverted from landfills through our Zero Hero program:









Salt Spring Coffee has worked with LOCO BC to create an innovative new program called Zero Hero that provides businesses with tools to reduce their waste and associated GHG emissions. We have managed to divert well over 90 percent of our waste through increased recycling, composting and donations. Based on our experience and a pilot program with some of our wholesale customers—including Edible Canada, Thirst First Office Coffee & Vending, Uprising Breads Bakery and University Golf Course—we have created a Zero Hero system that works for businesses in a wide range of industries.

The planet profits

Salt Spring Coffee is proud to be part of the 1% for the Planet network. Founded in 2002, 1% for the Planet has grown into a global movement of more than 1,200 member companies in 48 countries, all donating at least 1 percent of annual revenues to sustainability initiatives. In just over 10 years, 1% for the Planet member companies have given more than $100 million to over 3,300 nonprofit organizations working toward true sustainability.

1% for the Planet Giving in Fiscal Year 2015

  • In-Kind Giving 25%
  • LOCO BC 22%
  • Twin Trading (Uganda) 12%
  • Vancouver Farmers Market 7%
  • Vancouver Aquarium 6%
  • Young Agrarians 6%
  • Richmond Sharing Farm 4%
  • Farm Folk City Folk 4%
  • B Corp Dues 3%
  • Sole Foods 3%
  • 1% for the Planet Dues 3%
  • Fair Trade Canada Dues 2%
  • Bike HUB 1%

Canopy Bird

We asked a flock of creative change-makers and artists to take a Canopy Bird paint-by-number print and layer it with their story.

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Young Agrarians

Engaging young farmers and growing a movement to reshape of our food system.

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David Suzuki

We are interconnected and interdependent — with nature and with each other. Let’s act that way.

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Vancouver Farmers Markets

Pairing people who love fresh food with festive local gatherings.

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Feast of Fields

Hosted by FarmFolk CityFolk. Connecting farmers and chefs, fields and tables, and the city with the country.

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Sole Food Farms

The tools to grow vegetables, hope and a community of farmers in the heart of the city.

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Vancouver Aquarium

Protecting and promoting aquatic life and healthy oceans by creating wise consumers.

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Bike Hub

Working in tandem to create happier, healthier, more connected communities.

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Richmond Sharing Farm

Getting our hands dirty to give new life to crucial crops.

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