Java Republic scooped the award for Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year at the inaugural IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards, held on the 17th January.
The awards, which celebrated manufacturing excellence, teamwork and professionalism, covered Ireland’s key industry sectors across 15 categories. Java Republic faced tough competition in their category, from industry giants such as Dell and Pfizer, however their ongoing sustainability ethos and efforts made them clear winners on the night.
Sustainability plays a central role in the Java Republic philosophy: ‘Coffee with a Conscience’. The Java Republic Roastery was the world’s first purpose-built carbon neutral roastery. They achieved carbon neutrality in 2009 and since then have worked closely with Carbon Clear, a world leading provider of carbon and energy management and sustainability services.
The company goes to great lengths to reduce wastage, and for example gives away hessian sacks free to customers for school projects, council projects, garden centres and more. Over 5 tonnes of Java Republic coffee grinds are bagged every year and offered free to the public to use in gardens as a natural fertiliser and slug repellent. In addition to this, 100% of their coffee chaff goes to compost, and their two cafés were among the first in Ireland to introduce 100% compostable and biodegradable cups.
Following the success of the 2019 awards, the 2020 awards are set to take place on 29th January 2020 at the Citywest Hotel. Entries for next year’s awards will be open on 26th August until 7th October.