Written by László Bokor
Recycling, waste control, global warming, climate change, sustainability; just to mention a few of the intensively growing number of “words” that people are bombarded with by the media daily. These phrases are, however, mostly on a loop of trend, they and their seriousness are not properly explained, which, in many cases, just spiral them down to meaninglessness and no further action is taken. It is now plastic that rules the headlines on many platforms, but surely, this is just the tip of the iceberg of all the environmental problems that the planet is facing. The author of this paper is interested in understanding the key factors that act between the society and the environment; therefore, it is commodities–that people consume daily without possibly thinking much of their origin and the effects (and side effects) that they directly or indirectly make on many environmental spheres–which are in the focus. It is coffee which is chosen to take the leading role and can navigate the reader towards having a better understanding of sustainability and the issues around them, through a very known example. The idea to demonstrate this was to carry out a survey in one of England’s prestigious towns, in the town centre area of Shrewsbury, to identify the number of premises that sell coffee drinks. The results shown in this paper represent only a rural town and urgently forms the question for sustainability matters as coffee is something that cannot be grown in the British Isles, however, it is highly popular, showing a continuous increase in demand that puts a strain on the producing countries. The author has tried to link the findings to other environmental factors and this is what is presented in the paper.
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