Friday, November 20, 2015

Guilt Free Coffee, Coming Your Way from GoJava #RecycleYourPods

Coffee has long been a critical component of my daily diet. In grad school, when I was regularly pulling all-nighters, I often went through a couple of pots a day. And although I've long ago broken that high level of addiction to caffeine, I still can't function without my first morning cup (or 3 some days). My family knows to stay out of my way until Coffee #1 has been consumed.

But it's not just for the caffeine value. I love the flavour. Medium roast, dark roast, espresso, cappuccino, it's all good. Well, not flavoured coffees. I did go through a flavoured coffee phase, and I always drank them with milk. But I can't go there any more. Black with a touch of sugar, straight up coffee goodness.

My coffee station

A number of years ago, when the single-serve systems were first coming out, a sweet friend of mine nominated me to receive a Tassimo brewer from the company. I was thrilled! Coffee at my fingertips! Instant gratification! This was the perfect solution when I really just wanted a single latte to get me through the 3pm doldrums, or if my husband were away, and a full pot of drip coffee would go to waste. We've stuck with the Tassimo through the years, and use it alongside our drip machine, but the convenience comes with a cost. All those T-discs and nowhere to go but the landfill. I've been taking my coffee with a hefty side of guilt for a long while, but now I have found a solution.

GoJava is a GTA company, offering online ordering and home or office delivery of coffee, tea, cold beverages, and assorted office needs. They have a variety of products on offer, but I want to focus on the added service they provide for those of us with single-serve systems - they recycle the pods and discs! That's right! Now you can savour your Tassimo or Keurig without the guilt.

The recycling is possible through their partnership with TerraCycle. I've told you about this company before, when they launched their Air and Home Care Brigade, and we actually partner with them for fundraising through recycling at Boo's school. Anyway. TerraCycle is known for finding ways to recycle or re-purpose a variety of materials that are not normally accepted in municipal streams. With the coffee pods and discs, they are recycled into eco-friendly products like plastic garbage cans, watering cans, benches, cutting boards, hard shells for coolers, play grounds and plastic lumber. Cool, right?

So how does this work with GoJava?
  • Step 1, you order your coffee. GoJava currently delivers to the following areas: Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Markham, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan.
  • Your order arrives with free next business day delivery (on orders over $40)
  • Enjoy your coffee and collect your used pods in the GoJava Recycling Bin. They provide that too, with your first order. 
  • When you place your next order, leave your GoJava Bin outside on the delivery day and they will pick up and recycle your waste (or if you're an Office, they will just come right in and collect it.)
  • Once GoJava has a pallet of used pods, they work with TerraCycle Canada to transport it to a special processor who is able to grind down the pods and separate them into their components (e.g., coffee and plastic). 
  • The coffee is used for compost, while the plastic is made into plastic lumber and used in applications such as flooring, park benches and playgrounds. 
  • GoJava pays a fee for each pallet to make sure that the products are properly recycled. It's free to you.
And if you've picked up some discs at the supermarket, feel free to toss those in the bin as well when you're done. GoJava will pick them up along with the ones you bought from them when they come to deliver your next order, and will make sure everything gets recycled appropriately.

How does the cost compare? As far as I can see the recycling cost really isn't being passed along to the consumer. The list prices for the Tassimo discs are completely in line for the costs on the supermarket shelves where I shop. And with free delivery over $40, it's easy to stock up.

Want to try it for yourself? 

If you live in the delivery area, visit and check them out. Be sure to use the code Discount10 at checkout to receive $10 off your first order. Also - they accept PayPal, which is a big selling point for me. And if you're ordering pods, be sure to keep them for pick-up!!

Connect with Go Java on Twitter and Facebook.

A Giveaway

GoJava is giving away a $100 GoJava giftcard for one lucky blog reader to try their coffee and recycling program. Winner must be located in their available delivery area - Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Thornhill, Markham, Richmond Hill or Vaughan - to be eligible for the prize. Entries are via the widget below, which is being shared across multiple blogs. Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm EST, December 2. Best of luck!!

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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by GoJava. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own. Love the planet. Please Recycle!

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