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One thing I really love about my job is hearing about companies that are trying to make their business more sustainable. I also enjoy trying out the products in our own home to see if they are as good as the companies claim and how easy they are to implement into normal daily life.
One company that I’ve recently been made aware of is Little’s, a family-run company specialising in a range of both ground and instant flavoured coffee blended in the UK.
‘We are Little’s The Flavour Enthusiasts and we’re here to liven up your cup. A cup of coffee should make you happy. It’s that moment in the day to look forward to and savour. That’s what our products are all about. We gently infuse the best Arabica coffee we can source with exciting flavours from ingredients we love to create a coffee that’ll have your taste buds high fiving you.’
Little’s was started by husband and wife team Henry and Leila. They first came up with the idea for their new business whilst travelling in California where they were inspired by speciality coffee roasters who were adding natural extracts to their coffee beans.
On returning home to Finland, the couple packed in their day jobs and started roasting their own beans, infusing them with flavour extracts from their favourite ingredients.
By 1995, the business had really taken off so the couple decided to broaden their horizons and move to England along with their two children.
The flavour infused instant coffee business is now run by their son Will and his wife Caroline.
100% Plastic-Free Coffee
Little’s have just launched the first 100% plastic-free instant coffee jar in UK supermarkets. They wanted to do their bit to help reduce plastic pollution so, back in January 2019, Little’s removed all plastic from their packaging.
40 per cent of plastic produced is packaging, used just once and then discarded’ – Nat Geo
The new lids are made from 100% aluminium which can be recycled again and again.
‘Recycling aluminium uses only around 5% of the energy and emissions needed to make it from the raw material initially. Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on an iPod.’ Little’s
The container is made from glass which again can be recycled in your household recycling bins or, even better, you can reuse the jar to store food in your home. The freshness seal is also recyclable.
As I stated in my last blog post 5 Top Tips For Recycling at Home, recycling is certainly not the first thing you should be doing when it comes to sustainable living but it does play a part in it. It’s also much better to buy recyclable packaging than it is to buy packaging that cannot be recycled and will end up in landfill.
I find sustainable living is about constantly weighing up your options and finding a way to live more sustainably that works for you. So, going back to instant coffee that you buy in the supermarket, Little’s are certainly ahead of the game when it comes to sustainability.
You can read more about Litte’s journey to plastic-free packaging on their blog here.
Why Go Plastic-Free?
It’s no secret that we are slowing drowning our planet in plastic. Just take a look a some of these recent news headlines…
Plastic pollution has now got out of control and we need to wean ourselves off single-use plastics.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. If every business started to change their packaging to more sustainable alternatives we’d be well on our way to tackling the plastic crisis we currently find ourselves in. I just hope that more companies start taking steps to make their business more sustainable like Little’s.
Little’s Flavour Infused Instant Coffee
Little’s sell a range of different flavour infused coffees, including…
- Chocolate Chai
- Gingerbread Cookie
- Cardamom Bun
- Chocolate Orange
- Havana Rum and many more.
All of the coffees are gluten free and vegan-friendly. To see the full range, visit the Little’s website here.
Little’s infused instant coffees are currently priced at £2.99 which I think is a very good price for quality instant coffee. If you’re looking for plastic-free coffee then keep an eye out for Little’s in your local supermarket.
Smells Like Heaven in a Jar!
Unfortunately, I’m not actually a coffee drinker myself, my heart doesn’t like caffeine. However, I can confirm that these coffees smell divine. I did though enlist the help of some of my trusted coffee connoisseur friends who have all assured me that they also taste divine too.
I also love the reaction of friends when you pull a jar out of the cupboard. Normally followed by a comment along the lines of ‘ooo aren’t those pretty’ which they are indeed. The coffees are only 4 calories per cup so they’re good for your waistline too.
10 % Discount for Gypsy Soul Readers
Little’s have very kindly offered readers of Gypsy Soul a 10% off discount. Simply use the code gypsysoul10 on the Little’s website here for 10% off online orders.
I’d love to know whether these coffees are something you’d like to try and if so which flavours would you go for? Let me know in the comments below…
About Gina Caro
Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life. Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog.
This is a collaborative post with Little’s.
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