We're committed to having a positive impact on the planet

(and we're on a lifelong journey to learn exactly what that means!)

Uncompromisingly sustainable

Health, taste and sustainability were equally prioritised at every stage of our process.

Honestly, there could be a healthier coffee out there. But if it didn't pay a fair price to the farmer for example we wouldn't touch it.

We've earn't a ton of badges along the way, some of which are dotted above, but here are a few of our pro-planet actions that are making the biggest difference, the ones which we're the most proud of:

01

B Corp

B Corp’s are a new wave of business that equally prioritise their impact on the planet and society alongside profits.

It’s written into our legals and we take it seriously.

We are proud to be one of the first 1,000 B Corp’s in the UK and aim to inspire other, bigger brands to follow suit by proving there is a better way of doing business.

Businesses are usually seen as competitors but, in order to solve the crisis facing our planet we need to work together, collaboratively and collectively.

The B Corp community is a place to do that and we have an open book to any other brand who wants to learn fom us or indeed make any suggestions of things we could do differently.

Email our co-founder Al (the chap in most of these pics) on alex@exhalecoffee.com.

02

Plastic free & compostable

Single-use plastic is one of the biggest contributors to our environmental crisis on many levels. It quite simply has to stop.

Not enough 'recyclable plastic' gets recycled for it to be a viable solution so we chose to ensure all our packaging is plastic-free and made from renewable sources despite it costing twice as much.

We use a certified home compostable pouch which has an industrially compostable valve (the best currently available).

It's made from kraft paper and polylactic acid (PLA) – a plant-based renewable material - posted in a mailer made from 100% recycled and recyclable FSC certified paper.

FSC certified paper comes from well-managed, renewable forests that preserve biodiversity and benefit the lives of local people.

03

Carbon neutral

Unfortunately, coffee doesn’t grow well in the UK. It prefers the tropics and sub-tropics of Central and South America, Africa, The Middle East and Southeast Asia. We can’t avoid it, there will always be a cost to the environment for transporting our incredible bean.

However, we're committed to moving ever closer to carbon neutrality.

To minimise the carbon footprint of our supply chain, all our coffee is grown on the same farm and shipped once a year in a shipping container to the UK. Supply chain’s don’t come much simpler and more efficient than that.

Our decaf is decaffeinated using the Mountain Water process which is done just a 200 mile drive from the farm. Unlike the Swiss Water Process which requires shipping to Europe for decaffeination before making it’s way to the UK.

Eventually we’d love to use the full force of mother nature to sail our coffee across the Atlantic, but we’re not quite there yet!

04

Minimse packaging

From the 6th of March we will move to only offer double sized bags of coffee. I.e. instead of selling only 225g we will sell 450g in the same sized pouch.

Overnight this will halve the amount of packaging we use. We will use half the pouches, half the mailer boxes and half the labels.

It will also halve the number of deliveries we make and so almost halving the carbon footprint of our outbound logistics.

We believe brave moves like this are entirely necessary for the future of the planet, and must be made by businesses like ourselves to prove it’s possible so others will follow.  

05

Fairtrade

We source coffees that elevate and sustain the people who supply them, so we only buy coffee that pays a fair price to the producers.

Our current coffee is Fairtrade certified. This means we can be confident the people in our supply chain are receiving a fair price and experience decent working conditions.

Knowing our supply chain is an essential part of ensuring the people within it are experiencing decent working conditions and fair pay. We only buy coffee fully traceable back to the farm.

06

Trash Free Trails

One of the most inspirational brands for us at Exhale is Patagonia. They're undoubtedly doing more for the planet than any other brand.

One such initiative was setting up 1% for the Planet. This is where businesses commit to donating 1% of revenue (important as lots of businesses don't make profits) to charities protecting the environment.

As we’re a team of passionate runners, hikers and adventurers we're proud to be partnered with Trash Free Trails who 'exist to protect our trails and the wild places they take us'.

Their mission very much aligns with our own - to (re)connect people with nature through the simple yet meaningful act of removing single-use pollution from wild places.

07

Coral reef restoration

Exhale co-founder, Al and Kirsty have been together 20 years and have spent 5 of them travelling the corners of the globe. Diving and snorkelling was their favourite hobby together and was the one that brought the most extreme of emotions with it.

Some days they would surface in tears of joy about how mind blowing the underwater beauty was. But other days they would surface in tears over how a reef they had visited just a few years before had been destroyed by humans.

We are proud to support Counting Coral through 1% for the Planet, a non-profit who combine art and conservation to restore coral reefs.

We also collborated with Ocean Bottle to produce a co-branded BREW thermal flask. For each flask bought 1,000 ocean-bound plastic bottles (or 11.4kgs of plastic) are collected via Ocean Bottle and 100% of profits are donated to Cointing Coral.

Buy yours now in our store!

08

Soil Association Organic

We passionately believe that organic farming practices need to be adopted by all farms for the sake of both our health and the health of the planet.

Read our article for more on why organic coffee is better for you and the planet.

We only source from organic certified farms or those using organic principles. Organic principles include avoiding the use of non-organic chemicals, which as well as being better for the environment is also a good thing for the quality and health benefits of our coffee.

Organic certification offers reassurance that a farm isn’t using harmful chemicals on their coffee crops, but we go one step further and also test the beans at independent labs to make sure they’re free from pesticides or any other nasties.

09

Sustainable coffee futures

We’re committed to contributing to finding solutions that enable a thriving future for the coffee industry – one that genuinely supports the wellbeing of people and the planet.

That’s why we have chosen to support World Coffee Research – a non-profit collaborative research and development program that aims to grow, protect, and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of the families who produce it.

01

B Corp

B Corp’s are a new wave of business that equally prioritise their impact on the planet and society alongside profits.

It’s written into our legals and we take it seriously.

We are proud to be one of the first 1,000 B Corp’s in the UK and aim to inspire other, bigger brands to follow suit by proving there is a better way of doing business.

Businesses are usually seen as competitors but, in order to solve the crisis facing our planet we need to work together, collaboratively and collectively.

The B Corp community is a place to do that and we have an open book to any other brand who wants to learn fom us or indeed make any suggestions of things we could do differently.

Email our co-founder Al (the chap in most of these pics) on alex@exhalecoffee.com.

02

Plastic free & compostable

Single-use plastic is one of the biggest contributors to our environmental crisis on many levels. It quite simply has to stop.

Not enough 'recyclable plastic' gets recycled for it to be a viable solution so we chose to ensure all our packaging is plastic-free and made from renewable sources despite it costing twice as much.

We use a certified home compostable pouch which has an industrially compostable valve (the best currently available).

It's made from kraft paper and polylactic acid (PLA) – a plant-based renewable material - posted in a mailer made from 100% recycled and recyclable FSC certified paper.

FSC certified paper comes from well-managed, renewable forests that preserve biodiversity and benefit the lives of local people.

03

Carbon neutral

Unfortunately, coffee doesn’t grow well in the UK. It prefers the tropics and sub-tropics of Central and South America, Africa, The Middle East and Southeast Asia. We can’t avoid it, there will always be a cost to the environment for transporting our incredible bean.

However, we're committed to moving ever closer to carbon neutrality.

To minimise the carbon footprint of our supply chain, all our coffee is grown on the same farm and shipped once a year in a shipping container to the UK. Supply chain’s don’t come much simpler and more efficient than that.

Our decaf is decaffeinated using the Mountain Water process which is done just a 200 mile drive from the farm. Unlike the Swiss Water Process which requires shipping to Europe for decaffeination before making it’s way to the UK.

Eventually we’d love to use the full force of mother nature to sail our coffee across the Atlantic, but we’re not quite there yet!

04

Minimse packaging

From the 6th of March we will move to only offer double sized bags of coffee. I.e. instead of selling only 225g we will sell 450g in the same sized pouch.

Overnight this will halve the amount of packaging we use. We will use half the pouches, half the mailer boxes and half the labels.

It will also halve the number of deliveries we make and so almost halving the carbon footprint of our outbound logistics.

We believe brave moves like this are entirely necessary for the future of the planet, and must be made by businesses like ourselves to prove it’s possible so others will follow.  

05

Fairtrade

We source coffees that elevate and sustain the people who supply them, so we only buy coffee that pays a fair price to the producers.

Our current coffee is Fairtrade certified. This means we can be confident the people in our supply chain are receiving a fair price and experience decent working conditions.

Knowing our supply chain is an essential part of ensuring the people within it are experiencing decent working conditions and fair pay. We only buy coffee fully traceable back to the farm.

06

Trash Free Trails

One of the most inspirational brands for us at Exhale is Patagonia. They're undoubtedly doing more for the planet than any other brand.

One such initiative was setting up 1% for the Planet. This is where businesses commit to donating 1% of revenue (important as lots of businesses don't make profits) to charities protecting the environment.

As we’re a team of passionate runners, hikers and adventurers we're proud to be partnered with Trash Free Trails who 'exist to protect our trails and the wild places they take us'.

Their mission very much aligns with our own - to (re)connect people with nature through the simple yet meaningful act of removing single-use pollution from wild places.

07

Coral reef restoration

Exhale co-founder, Al and Kirsty have been together 20 years and have spent 5 of them travelling the corners of the globe. Diving and snorkelling was their favourite hobby together and was the one that brought the most extreme of emotions with it.

Some days they would surface in tears of joy about how mind blowing the underwater beauty was. But other days they would surface in tears over how a reef they had visited just a few years before had been destroyed by humans.

We are proud to support Counting Coral through 1% for the Planet, a non-profit who combine art and conservation to restore coral reefs.

We also collborated with Ocean Bottle to produce a co-branded BREW thermal flask. For each flask bought 1,000 ocean-bound plastic bottles (or 11.4kgs of plastic) are collected via Ocean Bottle and 100% of profits are donated to Cointing Coral.

Buy yours now in our store!

08

Soil Association Organic

We passionately believe that organic farming practices need to be adopted by all farms for the sake of both our health and the health of the planet.

Read our article for more on why organic coffee is better for you and the planet.

We only source from organic certified farms or those using organic principles. Organic principles include avoiding the use of non-organic chemicals, which as well as being better for the environment is also a good thing for the quality and health benefits of our coffee.

Organic certification offers reassurance that a farm isn’t using harmful chemicals on their coffee crops, but we go one step further and also test the beans at independent labs to make sure they’re free from pesticides or any other nasties.

09

Sustainable coffee futures

We’re committed to contributing to finding solutions that enable a thriving future for the coffee industry – one that genuinely supports the wellbeing of people and the planet.

That’s why we have chosen to support World Coffee Research – a non-profit collaborative research and development program that aims to grow, protect, and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of the families who produce it.