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CIRCULAR ECONOMY
25. July 2021

Circular Economy?

Our economic systems are largely linear. This means that products are disposed of after use and end up as a mixture of resources in a poorly managed waste system. At the moment, in addition, the lifetime of use is often very short. Circular economies, on the other hand, consider the way products and materials are used and the way they are produced and disposed of as key aspects, in order not to cause damage to people and the environment – either now or in the future.

Our goal at Teikei Coffee is to gradually close more and more product and material loops to further reduce emissions and consumption of resources. 

frisch gerösteter Kaffee
Säcke in der Rösterei

Central topics

… are the design of packaging (both disposable packaging and also returnable containers for unpackaged processing), the avoidance of transport routes by forming consumer communities and the constant exchange with our partners in order to constantly improve processes and structures.

Our economic systems are largely linear. This means that products are disposed of after use and end up as a mixture of resources in a poorly managed waste system. At the moment, in addition, the lifetime of use is often very short. Circular economies, on the other hand, consider the way products and materials are used and the way they are produced and disposed of as key aspects, in order not to cause damage to people and the environment – either now or in the future.

Our goal at Teikei Coffee is to gradually close more and more product and material loops to further reduce emissions and consumption of resources. 

Säcke in der Rösterei

Central Topics

… are the design of packaging (both disposable packaging and also returnable containers for unpackaged processing), the avoidance of transport routes by forming consumer communities and the constant exchange with our partners in order to constantly improve processes and structures.

Our Target vision is a completely sustainable

… and fair coffee economy. Some aspects, such as climate change, which influences the sea winds and shifts the rainy and dry seasons in Mexico, must be constantly understood and addressed with sustainable solutions. And although we are avoiding many emissions compared to conventional coffee companies, especially in cultivation, avoiding pesticides and herbicides, or setting an example in terms of alternative transatlantic transport routes, there is still a lot to do. We’re trying things out, building trust and community, getting better and better – for the sake of the future and sustainability.

If you’d like to dig deeper into the circular economy, we recommend this scholarly article that provides a good overview of different tools and perspectives on the circular economy.

Jute Bags for your home?

One question has been bothering us for a long time. Unfortunately, the jute bags in which the green coffee is shipped across the Atlantic cannot be used again for a new harvest of green coffee as easily as we had imagined. This is due to the lot numbers that are printed on the bag and can only be used once. Until an actual circular economy solution can be found, one of the well-traveled coffee bags can be purchased through our online store. This frees our storage from material and now already decorates several places with pillows or laundry bags.

Our target vision is a completely sustainable

… and fair coffee economy. Some aspects, such as climate change, which influences the sea winds and shifts the rainy and dry seasons in Mexico, must be constantly understood and addressed with sustainable solutions. And although we are avoiding many emissions compared to conventional coffee companies, especially in cultivation, avoiding pesticides and herbicides, or setting an example in terms of alternative transatlantic transport routes, there is still a lot to do. We’re trying things out, building trust and community, getting better and better – for the sake of the future and sustainability.

If you’d like to dig deeper into the circular economy, we recommend this scholarly article that provides a good overview of different tools and perspectives on the circular economy.

Jute bags for your home?

One question has been bothering us for a long time. Unfortunately, the jute bags in which the green coffee is shipped across the Atlantic cannot be used again for a new harvest of green coffee as easily as we had imagined. This is due to the lot numbers that are printed on the bag and can only be used once. Until an actual circular economy solution can be found, one of the well-traveled coffee bags can be purchased through our online store. This frees our storage from material and now already decorates several places with pillows or laundry bags.

"From empty I make more"

Jutta, a member of the Teikei Coffee community, bought a jute bag in our onlineshop and sewed it into two great pillows. We asked her if she could write a tutorial to follow. And YES, a beautiful step-by-step tutorial has reached us. We are so happy to share this with you!

Material

Scissors (nail scissors), parcel string natural (unwaxed), embroidery needle (large needle eye but still pointed), red thread (material does not matter, the main thing – red), iron, contents of an old (but washed) pillow.

Step 1: Carefully unravel the old seams with scissors. It works best with a small pair of nail scissors. Keep the “Made in India” label, because small details add to the charm of the finished pillows.

"From empty I make more"

Jutta, a member of the Teikei Coffee community, bought a jute bag in our onlineshop and sewed it into two great pillows. We asked her if she could write a tutorial to follow. And YES, a beautiful step-by-step tutorial has reached us. We are so happy to share this with you!

Material

Scissors (nail scissors), parcel string natural (unwaxed), embroidery needle (large needle eye but still pointed), red thread (material does not matter, the main thing – red), iron, contents of an old (but washed) pillow.

Step 1: Carefully unravel the old seams with scissors. It works best with a small pair of nail scissors. Keep the “Made in India” label, because small details add to the charm of the finished pillows.

original label

Step 2: If you want to have the two fronts on one pillow each, the bag must be cut vertically rather than horizontally. Just go for it, you can also follow the weaving thread without a ruler. Be brave! Now you have 2 long (on edge) jute rectangles.

Step 3: To sew the jute pillow cases together, simply iron the edges (only the “freshly” cut ones, the others are already perfect). The iron must be very hot, then it will be especially straight and smooth. Then fold the individual rectangles into pillows so that the labels are in front.

rote naht_jutta
Lab

Step 4: Now sew the edges left and right together with embroidery needle and parcel string (the bottom is tight anyway). I chose the loop stitch (it’s easy even for beginners, looks good, the edges don’t fray and there are many tutorials online).

Step 5: Fill both pillow cases with the contents of an old pillow, then sew up the last seam at the top (again with sling stitch). Done!

Step 2: If you want to have the two fronts on one pillow each, the bag must be cut vertically rather than horizontally. Just go for it, you can also follow the weaving thread without a ruler. Be brave! Now you have 2 long (on edge) jute rectangles.

Step 3: To sew the jute pillow cases together, simply iron the edges (only the “freshly” cut ones, the others are already perfect). The iron must be very hot, then it will be especially straight and smooth. Then fold the individual rectangles into pillows so that the labels are in front.

rote naht_jutta

Step 4: Now sew the edges left and right together with embroidery needle and parcel string (the bottom is tight anyway). I chose the loop stitch (it’s easy even for beginners, looks good, the edges don’t fray and there are many tutorials online).

Step 5: Fill both pillow cases with the contents of an old pillow, then sew up the last seam at the top (again with sling stitch). Done!

Tips

For an especially authentic look: Simply sew the white/green “Made in India” label back in. Thread a red string through the pillow with TEIKEI writing on the left edge, then it looks especially similar to its twin. For a used look, iron only the edges, not the whole pillow.

Tips

For an especially authentic look: Simply sew the white/green “Made in India” label back in. Thread a red string through the pillow with TEIKEI writing on the left edge, then it looks especially similar to its twin. For a used look, iron only the edges, not the whole pillow.

Avontuur auf hoher See

“As a passionate sailor, it is a nice idea how far this ‘beauty’ has traveled across the Atlantic in wind and weather. Since the traveling is still a bit slow this year, there is even more time to reflect on old values, such as handicrafts”.

– Jutta

Avontuur auf hoher See

“As a passionate sailor, it is a nice idea how far this ‘beauty’ has traveled across the Atlantic in wind and weather. Since the traveling is still a bit slow this year, there is even more time to reflect on old values, such as handicrafts”.

– Jutta

We appreciated your message very much

… and that we can share the tutorial. Thank you, Jutta and Gregor, for the tutorial and for making our community even more alive with this beautiful message.

If you would also like Teikei Coffee jute sack pillows for your home, feel free to write to us or purchase a jute bag directly from the online store. Maybe you have other ideas for further use of the jute bags. Maybe as a backpack, hat or seating? Feel free to send us photos, instructions or ideas – we are looking forward to it!

Probiershop Teikei Coffee

We appreciated your message very much

… and that we can share the tutorial. Thank you, Jutta and Gregor, for the tutorial and for making our community even more alive with this beautiful message.

If you would also like Teikei Coffee jute sack pillows for your home, feel free to write to us or purchase a jute bag directly from the online store. Maybe you have other ideas for further use of the jute bags. Maybe as a backpack, hat or seating? Feel free to send us photos, instructions or ideas – we are looking forward to it!

Probiershop Teikei Coffee

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