Lions, Otters and Meerkats enjoy a caffeine-free coffee break thanks to Lincoln & York

 In Charity initiatives, Company News

We’re always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to recycle our coffee sacks. All of our green coffee bean sacks are made of jute – a natural fibre made from plant stems – meaning they’re fully recyclable. In fact, we recycle 100% of the jute sacks that arrive with us – repressing them locally into environmentally friendly carpet underlay (you can read more about the recycling process here).

Where possible, we want our hessian sacks to be used in as many different ways as possible, so we were delighted when Jodie Dryden from Dudley Zoo got in touch to ask if we had any spare hessian sacks we could donate. We’re an office full of animal lovers, so we were all really excited to see how the zoo could put our empty bags to good use.

We sent them a huge box full of empty sacks, which were quickly distributed and divided across the different animal sections. We’re happy to say that our bags are now providing hours of fun for the likes of Sumatran tigers, Bornean orangutans, Asiatic lions, meerkats, Asiatic otters and Carpathian lynx. According to Josie, the bags have been a huge hit with all of the animals, which you can clearly see from some of the photographs below!

We couldn’t help but wonder: why hessian sacks? After we had told the Zoo about our own recycling process, we were keen to learn more about the animals and their recreational activities. Rachel Hickman, marketing and communications officer at Dudley Zoo, told us about the work keepers do to keep their animals happy.


“We find hessian sacks are the most versatile as keepers are able to stuff them with used bedding from prey animals, spray them with perfumes, cover them with food spices or fill them with hay and treat foods to discover.

“We’re hugely grateful to Lincoln & York for their donation and thank them for helping us better the lives of some of the rarest animals in the world.”

Thank you, Dudley Zoo!

If you’re reading this and have your own ideas about how we could continue to recycle and reuse our empty sacks, feel free to get in touch to see how we can help – we’d love to hear from you.



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