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Recycling and Waste Reduction 

What Can be Recycled ( 


The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics & Catalysing Action (

New Changes to Compost Collection Guidelines (,included%20at%20no%20additional%20fee.)


The State of Recycling & Composting in Colorado: 2021 (


Colorado will likely miss its recycling goals again this year. What will it take to change the tide of waste? ( 


Glass can be recycled infinitely. Here’s how it works in Colorado’s “closed loop.” ( 


Recycling in the U.S. Is Broken. How Do We Fix It? (


Circular Claims Fall Flat: Comprehensive U.S. Survey of Plastics Recyclability ( 

EPA Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures Report Page ( 

Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures Report: December 2020 (


Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2018 Tables and Figures ( 


How This Town Produces No Trash ( 


Single-Use Initiative 

Disposable Cup Charge ( 


Why consumers shift from single-use to reusable drink cups: An empirical application of the stage model of self-regulated behavioral change (


How small daily choices play a huge role in climate change: The disposable paper cup environmental bane (


Assessment of the environmental break-even point for deposit return systems through an LCA analysis of single-use and reusable cups (


The Behavioral Economics of Recycling (


Why Bag Laws Work: A Summary of Plastic Bag Law Effectiveness (


The dilemma of plastic bags and their substitutes: A review on LCA studies (


Circular Design 

Bringing Reusable Packaging Systems to Life (


Soil-to-soil Packaging (


10 Principles of Circular Design (


This new Shanghai Starbucks has only reusable cups—and reusable everything else (


What is a circular economy? (

Other Coffee Reports and Sustainability Work 

Stumptown Sustainability Report (


Julius Meinl Sustainability Report 2019 & 2020 (


Nossa Familia Coffee Sustainability & Transparency Report 2018-2019 (


Coffee is in Crisis: Biota Coffee (


Sustainability at Driftaway Coffee (


Starbucks 2018 Environmental Baseline Report (

Ampersand Coffee & Environmental Sustainability (


Industry Comparisons 

Restaurant Energy Use Benchmarking Guideline (


Sustainability strategies by companies in the global coffee sector (


Coffee Barometer 2020 (


The Sustainable Coffee Company ( 

Organic and Fair Trade Coffee 

Do smallholder farmers benefit from sustainability standards? A systematic review and meta-analysis ( 


Coffee consumption and purchasing behavior review: Insights for further research (


Milk and Its Alternatives 

Climate change: Which vegan milk is best? (

Almonds are out. Dairy is a disaster. So what milk should we drink? ( environment/2020/jan/28/what-plant-milk-should-i-drink-almond-killing-bees-aoe) 


Assessing the carbon footprint across the supply chain: Cow milk vs soy drink ( 


Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers (



Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Sequestration 

The Big Food Redesign Study 



Table of Solutions 



Carbon Sequestration Basics 


Regenerative Agriculture and the Soil Carbon Solution (  


An introduction to Regenerative Organic Agriculture (


Regenerative Agriculture 101  


One Colorado farmer is going against the grain to use less water. It’s working. (


What Is the Difference Between Organic and Regenerative Agriculture? (


Life cycle environmental sustainability of valorisation routes for spent coffee grounds: From waste to resources (


Composting 101  



Reducing the Impact of Wasted Food by Feeding the Soil and Composting (


Benefits of Compost  


Converting environmental risks to benefits by using spent coffee grounds (SCG) as a valuable resource (


Evaluation of three composting systems for the management of spent coffee grounds (

Carbon Footprint 

Climate change food calculator: What's your diet's carbon footprint? ( 


Carbon footprint of different methods of coffee preparation (


Life cycle assessment synthesis of the carbon footprint of Arabica coffee: Case study of Brazil and Vietnam conventional and sustainable coffee production and export to the United Kingdom 


Callout Statistics

Football Field Sprinkler Systems (

Climate change: Which vegan milk is best? (

Keep Reading 

A New Report Divulges Denverites’ Food Waste Habits (


How Much Food Are You Wasting? (


Estimating Quantities and Types Of Food Waste At The City Level (


2020 Sustainable Market Share Index (


Environmental impacts of takeaway food containers ( 

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