This year has been unique and challenging in so many ways. Families have lost incomes, businesses have struggled against unprecedented obstacles, and on an individual level, many of us have to switch up our routines or step outside our comfort zones. Now that businesses have reopened in Queensland, we are all observing a new kind of normal and trying to figure out our way through it.
Initially, the decision to refuse reusable cups came from some cafes and hospitality businesses who were unsure about the safest way to operate under COVID restrictions. At the time, little was known about coronavirus transmission, and companies were eager to protect their staff and customers while also staying profitable. Subsequently, they chose to avoid handling items that came from peoples homes.
It was at this time I decided to search for an alternative for my clients. The best option I felt was FSC certified paper coffee cups. Because the coffee and tea I serve is consumed in the salon, I have chosen not to provide plastic lids to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible.
What does FSC certification mean?
The FSC or Forest Stewardship Council is an organisation that overlooks forestry and production processes to ensure sustainable production of wood or wood-derived products such as paper and card. It’s vitally important that products made from these materials are managed in the best possible way to protect people, wildlife and the environment from bad management practices. Some of the reasons why I only use FSC certified paper cups:
- Wood that is harvested is replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally.
- Parts of a forest are protected entirely, to support the biodiversity of animal and plant life.
- FSC is endorsed by WWF, Greenpeace and The Woodland Trust.
- FSC protects the rights of indigenous people including the protection of sacred sites.
- FSC forests must use local workers in line accepted global employment practices.
- All wood is tracked from forest to store.
I totally understand that this is still not an ideal option for the environment, and will happily serve coffee and tea in a reusable glass or ceramic cup if you choose to bring one along.