Workin On It
What is this page?
In the vast world of online commerce, sustainability pages are a common sight, where even industry giants tout their environmental bona fides. Our friendly web strategy company suggested we do one as well. Yet, the admittedly inessential existence of Tandem itself raises environmental questions. Nonetheless, we offer a candid account of our attempts at taking the sting out of running a for-profit business this day in age. We cannot guarantee the efficacy of any of this. All we can guarantee is that we’re workin’ on it.
How we started
Milk: We get all of our milk for both cafes from Hatchland in glass bottles that get returned and re-used.
Composting: Having come from Blue Bottle, composting was a no brainer when we first opened Tandem. Luckily a couple of curbside composting companies had just started up around the time that Tandem opened. We are currently using AgriCycle & Garbage to Garden
Reusable Cup Discount: 25¢ discount for reusable cups - While this was a nice idea it did not do much to entice people to bring their own cups. Back in 2012 - even with the 25¢ discount - we were still serving 70% of our drinks in single-use cups. What a bummer.
2015 - Compostable Cups
2018 - Installed a car charger at the Roastery
2018 - Got rid of plastic straws
2019 - Single Use Cup Charge
2019 - Recycling Grainpro and Ecotact bags
2020 - 1% for the Planet member
2022 - Climate Neutral Certification
2022 - Compostable Retail Bags
Route 32 Solar Farm China, Maine
2022 - Solar Power
2023 - Little T Refill Coffee
Better Packaging - the never ending battle
- Most of our shipping boxes are made by a local company Lindenmeyr Munroe and made from 100% recycled content
- Our polymailers are made by Grounded and also made from 100% recycled materials
- Compostable retail coffee bags made by Tricorbraun
- Packing paper from our beloved "paper barfer" is made from 100% recycled paper
- All packaging made in USA from recycled materials
Still workin' on it
The journey obviously doesn't end here. We've still got so much to do. If all goes well we can continue to grow and while shrinking our carbon footprint at the same time. That depends a lot on emerging technologies. As always we will continue to keep our ear to the ground and implement the best options as they come available.