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I’ve never understood why up until now it’s been so difficult to find plastic-free instant coffee. Most instant coffee is sold in jars with plastic lids – why not switch the plastic lid to a metal lid and the job’s done?

Thankfully, one instant coffee brand has taken the initiative and switched to plastic-free packaging: Little’s Coffee.

Little’s Coffee is a small independent family business, selling 100% Arabica coffee, and they are proud to now be 100% plastic-free. Spearheaded by husband and wife duo Henry and Leila Little 25 years ago, the business is now run by their son, Will Little, and his wife, Caroline. By taking the lead on removing plastic from their jars of instant coffee, this small company is definitely leagues ahead of the big boys of coffee.

Their delicious range of instant coffee is all packaged in glass jars with 100% aluminum lids, both of which materials, unlike plastic, can be infinitely recycled, which is much better for the environment.

Rather than popping mine in the appropriate recycling bins once I’ve finished my coffee, I’m planning on recycling my Little’s jars in different ways. Call me a geek, but I do like a good jar, and Little’s jars look so very good. I have plans to use them either in my kitchen for food storage, or for health & beauty DIYs, before recycling them appropriately at the end of their lives.

Of course, it’s not just all about the packaging. The plastic-free packaging is all well and good but the coffee has to taste good too. Thankfully, Little’s delivers above and beyond on this point. The 100% Arabica coffee is gently brewed with no nasties to deliver a smooth and tasty single blend plastic-free instant coffee that’s available in both caffeinated and decaffeinated options.

Their decaf coffee is made still using the best quality 100% Arabica coffee and decaffeinated using a gentle CO2 process. This process retains all the coffee’s great natural taste, without the use of chemicals that are used in solvent-based decaffeination processes.

Flavoured Instant Coffee

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As well as standard coffee, Little’s star of the show is their flavour infused instant coffees, which has evolved to suit peoples busy lifestyles. Available in a wide range of flavours – from Cardamom Bun, to Gingerbread Cookie, to Irish Cream flavoured coffee – I counted 13 different flavours of plastic-free coffee to choose from, all modestly priced between £2.99 and £3.20 a jar.

To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of flavoured coffees, finding the taste of coffee syrups too sweet, and the process of measuring out sticky syrups being a bit of a faff. I was surprised to find that Little’s range of pre-flavoured coffee (again, available in caffeinated and decaffeinated) has no added sugar. This means their coffee hits the spot without the intense sugary sweetness that coffee syrups often have, and can be whipped up in the same time it takes to make a cup of regular coffee.

I bought some Chocolate Caramel coffee and some Island Coconut coffee and both make great pick-me-ups to combat the 2 pm post-lunch slump. At only 4 calories a cup, the coffee is better for you than raiding the biscuit tin for that chocolate hit! Needless to say, I’ve got jar of Little’s at work now to help keep me out of the biscuit tin.

Without being overly sweet, the Chocolate Caramel coffee smells and to me tastes just like tiramisu – my partner hates all coffee but even he conceded that the coffee smelled delicious. A world first, let me tell you! The Island Coconut coffee is not too dissimilar to a Bounty bar, which is a very good thing in my book. It’s a great way to liven up your coffee!

Where to Buy Little’s Plastic-Free Coffee

Little’s Coffee is available across the UK and is stocked in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado, Holland & Barrett, Dobbies Garden Centres, Booths, Whole Foods Market, Selfridges & Co, and Harvey Nichols.

Little’s also has an online shop if you can’t find a jar near you. I ordered my coffee from their online shop and was delighted to find that it shipped in a cardboard box sealed with paper tape – no plastic to be found – not even a shred of bubble wrap.

If you’re shopping online too, Little’s Coffee has kindly set up a discount code for Moral Fibres readers: use the discount code MORALFIBRES10 at the checkout of the Little’s Coffee webshop for 10% off your order.

Visit the Little’s online shop here for delicious coffee in recyclable packaging, and pay them a visit on Instagram for colourful coffee-related content!

weekend links

Ten Things

Hello! How are you? It’s Easter Holidays here, and I’m looking forward to some time off work and spending time with my two little people. I am also planning on sending out the Moral Fibres newsletter this coming week, so keep an eye on your inbox if you are a subscriber. If not, you can sign up here. :)

This week’s links

1. This one simple idea can save us from climate breakdown, say campaigners including the teenage school climate strike activist Greta Thunburg, authors Margaret Atwood, Naomi Klein, Philip Pullman, U.S. climate scientist Michael Mann, and environmental campaigner Bill McKibben, but it’s being almost totally overlooked.

2. Legal action has been launched against Shell, for what is seen as the fossil fuel company’s inadequate efforts to tackle climate change. Friends of the Earth have been joined by Greenpeace and ActionAid, as well as 17,000 people who have signed up as co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit. One to watch.

3. An independent coffee chain reported that it has seen sales fall by £250,000 since it banned single-use cups last summer – the first cafe to ban single use cups altogether. The owner of the Boston Tea Party chain, Sam Roberts, is a true hero. Rather than ditching the ban, Sam said they had factored the loss in takings into its plans and would continue with the ban, saying that too many operators were “putting their profits before the planet” – and urged other cafes to follow suit.

Sadly I don’t have a Boston Tea Party cafe near me (there are no branches in Scotland), but if you do then why not show your support by paying them a visit and giving them your custom?

4. Primark and Marks & Spencer have been accused of ripping off ethical footwear brand Veja. Veja’s response was perfect:

I think Primark got it wrong. They should not copy the style of our shoes, they should copy the way we make them. With organic cotton, with recycled plastic, with more ecological fabrics, in factories where workers are paid decently, and are working in secure conditions. We will explain everything to them in court”.

5. From 11th April you will be able to buy clothes made out of discarded orange peels, pineapple leaves and algae in selected H&M stores. Sounds great but it’s not without its problems – these fabrics use finishing chemicals that prevent them from being biodegradable or recyclable. There are other issues too – as always the best solution is buying fewer clothes.

6. David Attenborough’s Our Planet is now available on Netflix. Warning – have your tissues ready – people are tweeting things like “Friday night and I’m in bed thug crying over the Walrus scene in Our Planet“, and another saying “Watching Our Planet is the most beautiful gut punch you’ll ever see”.

7. Remember the Monsanto case I highlighted in last week’s Ten Things, where Monsanto was successfully sued for $80 million after being found to have caused cancer in a gardener?

Well, councils around the UK are now assessing their weedkiller usage, and seeking non-chemical alternatives – actions that could prove massively beneficial to our bee, butterfly and insect populations, and the creatures that feed on them. Here’s an eco-friendly homemade weedkiller if you’re looking to make the switch too.

8. Global CO2 levels will now be available in weather forecasts in the Guardian to act as a daily reminder that we must tackle climate change now. Alongside the daily carbon count, the paper will publish the level in previous years for comparison, as well as the pre-industrial baseline of 280ppm, and the level seen as manageable in the long term of 350ppm.

9. Signed – this petition to install micro-plastic filters on all new washing machines as standard. Share far and wide if you can – laundry is one of the biggest sources of microplastic pollution,

10. Finally, Surfers Against Sewage are running their Big Spring Beach Clean between the 6th and 14th of August – and urging people to volunteer and take part in one of the 600 mountain, river and beach cleans happening right across the UK. Find your nearest clean here.

That’s it for now! See you next week!