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Bamboovement X Happy Tabs X KLM

For the true explorers out there, every journey is an opportunity to learn and discover something new. Today, we uncover the hidden benefits of eco-friendly amenity kits for airlines and how they can enhance your travel experience while being mindful of the environment. Collaboration increases impact and reach, which is why two Dutch startups partnered to revolutionise and inspire people to live more sustainably every day. Bamboovement aspires to be a one-stop shop for eco-friendly personal care products. Happy Tabs is dedicated to providing you with the best natural and plastic-free oral care. 

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A jar of toothpaste tablets with a bamboo toothbrush. (Credits: Bamboovement)

Triple Dutch: Bamboovement x Happy Tabs x KLM

Bamboovement and Happytabs accomplished the first 11,000-metre-high scoop in early September with KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines, as the first client in the airline category. Bamboovement x Happytabs x KLM coming together has made it possible for travellers to enjoy amenities free of plastic. These eco-friendly amenity kits, available to KLM premium economy class passengers, include plastic-free items like toothpaste tablets and a bamboo toothbrush. This initiative demonstrates KLM's dedication to a more environmentally friendly future, where Bamboovement and Happy Tabs are proud suppliers of these eco-friendly signature products.

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Eco-friendly amenity kit
KLM's amenity kit contains a bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste tablets. (Credits: Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The power of eco-friendly amenities

Yearly, more than 1 billion plastic toothpaste tubes, floss, and toothbrushes end up in landfills and oceans. This alarming statistic underlines how much we need to reduce our plastic waste. We've got a long way ahead of us. So, we have to look for creative opportunities. Large-scale changes allow the transformation to have a significant and long-lasting impact. That is why we hope the triple Dutch collaboration inspires other airlines, as well as hotels, resorts, night trains, and any long-distance carriers, to switch to plastic-free amenity kits and reduce their environmental impact.

We grow and learn along with the industry to give customers the most satisfying and sustainable experience possible. We firmly believe in the power of eco-friendly amenities and how they enable us to travel more harmoniously with the environment. Every small step counts, and collectively, we can make a magnificent difference in reducing plastic waste. We are honoured to contribute to a green future. 

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Coffee while reading a book
Having coffee while reading a book

What are your thoughts on coffee? Jackie Chan claims that coffee is a language in and of itself. Coffee enthusiasts couldn't agree more. A coffee-to-go is a lifesaver, especially if you leave home early, take a break from work, or go for a long city walk. But have you ever considered where your coffee comes from or how sustainable it is?

If you're interested in sustainable living, it's essential to consider the sustainability of the coffee you're drinking. So we made a list of key factors that will help you find out:

Is my coffee ethically and sustainably sourced, and how do I know?

Coffee grown sustainably and ethically offers better livelihoods to those who cultivate and process it while protecting the environment. It enables a transparent coffee chain by involving those who add real value to the bean-to-cup journey. As a result, both the impact of your cup of coffee and the lives of coffee farmers are improved. To help you choose wisely the next time you buy coffee, consider the Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certifications.

How much energy and water are used in the coffee brewing process?

You might be shocked that even fair-trade coffee's eco-friendliness can be improved. Ultimately, it all comes down to the brewing method and the amount of electricity and water required. If your coffee machine consumes a lot of energy, consider replacing it with a more sustainable alternative. An example of an easy-to-use and more eco-friendly option is the French press. It's a great place to start for those concerned about the environment. You only need a few things to make French-pressed coffee:

  • a press
  • a coffee bean grinder
  • some hot water

The coffee's intensity and flavour are well-known among French press aficionados. Another great way to make coffee with a low impact is by using a pour-over. You'll need:

  • a dripper
  • a filter
  • a kettle

These things can get you started on the path to great coffee with minimal waste. Don't worry—we did mention a filter. Paper filters are not required when making a pour-over. By investing in reusable filters, you can prevent the waste that comes with using disposable ones. There are many more ways to make the ideal brew—these are just a few to get you started. 

Preparation of French press and pour over coffee
Preparation of French press and pour over coffee

How do I know if my coffee has recyclable or compostable packaging?

About 3% of the carbon footprint of the entire coffee supply chain is caused by packaging. Paper, plastic, and aluminium are usually used for coffee packaging. It is harmful to the environment if plastic packaging is not correctly sourced, produced, transported, and discarded. For something to be considered truly "green," it must either be biodegradable, or the packaging must be reusable or recyclable. Rice paper and unbleached kraft paper are among the most widely used eco-friendly materials to make coffee bags. These natural substitutes are created from the rice-paper plant, bamboo, tree bark, or wood pulp. Choose eco-friendly options, buy coffee with FSC-certified packaging whenever possible, and minimise your coffee’s environmental impact.

Why should I use a reusable coffee cup?

Switch to a reusable cup or mug if you accept disposable coffee cups. That way, you'll be ready when single-use plastic cups and containers are banned in July 2023.

More benefits?

  • The coffee aroma in a glass cup or mug is stronger, and its flavour is more pleasant. So get your coffee and relax, knowing you are protecting the environment with your reusable cup. 
  • Did you know many coffee shops, including chain stores, offer a discount if you bring a reusable cup? Using a reusable coffee cup has benefits beyond environmental preservation. You'll be happy with your savings later! Some examples of shops and chains that offer discounts are Starbucks, Billie Cup at EAST, Dunkin' Donuts and many more.
Coffee and art
Coffee and art

There are some other creative solutions as well. For example, reusable cups made of natural rice husks rather than plastic by Huskup. Another alternative, De Koffiejongens, sells coffee cups made of corn and sugarcane, which you discard with organic waste after use. Within three weeks, their cups decompose into compost - so cool! 

Enhancing the sustainability of your coffee consumption is possible in a variety of amazing ways. So, next time you're going for a takeaway coffee on a cold winter day, pause to think about how eco-friendly it is. Spread the love for sustainable coffee by sharing this article! For additional tips on building a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle, visit the Bamboovement blog.

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