At Greenworks, we've always prided ourselves on delivering great products to our customers with exceptional service, eliminating non-environmentally sustainable products wherever we can.

"At Greenworks Coffee, we've always prided ourselves on achieving our mission statement: ‘Marketing and delivering great products to our customers with exceptional service’…But in today's fast changing world, we have a greater responsibility to make sure we are working with our suppliers to help reduce—and where possible—eliminate non-environmentally sustainable products.

In a business where everything comes packaged to protect the product, this is not a straight forward task - but we have been busy making the inroads throughout 2019 and look to strengthen these in 2020 and beyond. We have introduced many new sustainable products from suppliers willing to work on this challenge with us. Similarly, we have discontinued many products that we believed to be the least sustainable. We do all this with our customers in mind, while making sure we maintain our original mission statement.

We thank our customers for their support with our goal to reduce our impact on the environment, and hope this page inspires you to make your own changes within your company."

- Gareth Abbott, Managing Director

Simplifying Industry Terms: It's important to understand what is meant by recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable.

  • Recyclable

    Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects.

    UK recycling policy focuses on:
    Plastic, Paper, Glass & Tins / Cans

    Contamination is a huge problem in recycling. Bottles and cans need to be empty of all liquids, and food containers rinsed clean.

    PE or PLA lined paper cups need to be recycled in suitable sites. As of 2019 there are 17 separate UK sorting plants.


    • Plastic (anything made from): PP, PS, PET, PC
    • Uncoated paper
    • Cardboard boxes
    • Glass bottles
    • Drinks Cans
    • Food Tins
  • Biodegradable

    Capable of degradation through the action of living organisms.

    There are many biodegradation sites in the UK that can accept all manner of products. Please see DEFRA for more information and check with your local site.

    Biodegradable products all eventually biodegrade. However, it's important to realise this process could take years or even decades, depending on the product and where it ends up. This is where Compostable comes in.


    • 100% paper products such as paper straws
    • Wooden cutlery and other wooden products
    • Pulp paper products
    • PLA lined paper cups
    • PLA clear cups
  • Compostable

    Capable of breaking down in under 12 weeks in commercial composting conditions, and is therefore suitable for industrial composting.

    This is not a generic term and must be proven by certification. Just because something is biodegradable does not make it compostable. There are several certification schemes, including “Seedling Certified” and “BPI Certified”.

    Compostable packaging needs to be in compostable conditions in order to compost. Industrial composting creates the perfect balance of microbes, moisture and warmth to facilitate this.


    • PLA lined paper cups
    • PLA clear cups

Reducing Single-use Plastics

One of the easiest changes you can make is switching from plastic cups to paper cups

The production, use and disposal of plastic emits enormous amounts of greenhouse gasses into the environment. Not only this, but when plastic ends up in landfill or the ocean—as it often does—it could take anywhere from 100, up to 1,000 years to decompose.This is why we encourage our customers to make the switch from plastic cups to paper cups, containing little or no plastic.

Waste Collection & Recovery Schemes

To ensure waste is disposed of correctly, we recommend these Waste Management Companies

For typically hard-to-recycle items, you could try using a scheme like TerraCycleYou can even earn points which can be exchanged for donations to schools, charities or non-profit organisations of your choice

See below are some of our suppliers & partners deliver on environmental sustainability

Birchall Tea

Birchall are dedicated to a long term commitment to creating absolutely perfect tasting tea but we also work hard to ensure that all their teas are sustainably sourced in a manner which respects both the environment and their tea producers.

Lavazza Coffee Pour


Lavazza has no links to the Nuclear, Fossil Fuels or Armaments industries, therefore achieving a top rating in eco-friendly categories.

Want to find out more about our journey to being more sustainable? Contact us now!