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Caffeinated Trees? Scientists Find Coffee Waste Can Speed Up Forest Recovery

4 Mins Read Coffee pulp, the byproduct of coffee production that ends up as waste, could be upcycled and used to speed up tropical forest recovery. In a new study, scientists found “dramatic” results, with a small forest emerging in post agricultural land just two years after being treated with coffee waste.  Researchers from ETH-Zurich and the University […]

Oatly: Starbucks To Offer Plant-Based Alternative At All Outlets Across India

2 Mins Read Global coffee chain Starbucks recently announced that it will be introducing Swedish food tech Oatly’s dairy milk alternative made from oats at all its outlets across India, in order to offer consumers more plant-based options. Oatly joins existing plant-based options which include soy and almond milk. India’s first Sustainability Venture Studio, White Lotus, is responsible for […]

Hong Kong Siblings Launch First Ever Compostable Adaptogenic Coffee Capsules

3 Mins Read Hong Kong and Australia-based siblings Herman, Sharon and Chamani Wong started Beams Coffee after a stressful experience that saw Herman go through heart surgery, when the trio decided to create a brand “allows everyone to take control of their own health”. Launched this October, Beams Coffee’s first beta collection offers coffees that have been enriched […]

Miyoko’s Vegan Cream Cheese Now Being Tested At Seattle Starbucks

2 Mins Read Coffee chain giant Starbucks is now testing vegan cashew-based cream cheese from plant-based brand Miyoko’s Creamery at one U.S. location. The move comes after the company launched its campaign to increase the number of plant-based options and shift away from conventional dairy products as a part of its sustainability commitments and to meet the growing […]

Starbucks Hong Kong Introduces New Plant-Based Menu With Impossible Sausage

3 Mins Read Starbucks Hong Kong has just announced the launch of its plant-based menu, which features three vegan-friendly plant-based coffees and two new vegetarian meal options made with Impossible Foods’ plant-based breakfast sausage. The expansion of the chain’s menu items comes as plant-based demand in the city reaches an all time high.  Coffee chain giant Starbucks Hong […]

Tata Starbucks Opens Two New All-Women Operated Stores In India

3 Mins Read Tata Starbucks, the joint venture that owns and operates Starbucks outlets in India, has just opened two new stores in Delhi and Mumbai that are entirely run and operated by female staff. The new all-women Starbucks stores are a part of the company’s initiative to increase the representation of women in the workforce.  Earlier this […]

5 DIY Homemade Vegan Face Mask Recipes We’re Loving

3 Mins Read A good friend once told me: don’t put on your skin what you wouldn’t put in your mouth. When it comes to natural beauty advice, The ongoing pandemic situ has forced us to review our dietary choices and become savvier with the resources we need. So how about implementing the same approach with our self-care […]

Starbucks Announces Plan To Ditch Vegan Milk ‘Tax’

3 Mins Read Following Starbucks’ highly publicised company-wide pledge to become more eco-friendly this year, the global coffee giant is now hoping to be able to remove the additional fee for drinks that use plant-based milks shortly. Starbucks’ latest announcement reflects the pressure the food industry is feeling from its customers in recent years, especially from the growing […]

Startup Atomo Makes Sustainable & Climate Resilient “Molecular Coffee”

3 Mins Read In addition to bringing about frequent disasters, rising temperatures and extreme unpredictable weather events, the consequences of climate change extends to the staple foods we consume daily. One of these is coffee, which is already being affected by climate change and could be wiped out in the future – not to mention the environmentally taxing […]

Is Your Starbucks Coffee Supplied By Child Labour? Investigation Exposes Giants Including Nespresso

3 Mins Read A new investigation by Channel 4’s current affairs programme Dispatches has revealed that coffee chain giant Starbucks and Nespresso are sourcing their beans from suppliers who are using child labour. The television exposé showed children under 13 working 40-hour weeks in substandard conditions on farms in Guatemala and are being paid a daily wage little […]

I Quit Waste: Inequity, Injustice & Broken Systems -Why We Need To Reclaim Our Food Autonomy

4 Mins Read In her fourth column for Green Queen, environmental activist Smita J asks some tough questions about our global food systems and their reliance on Big Food’s over-processed, industrially farmed commodities, shares her learnings from a recent visit to a sustainable farming community in Indonesia and insists we can do better and create equitable, nourishing, useful […]

Green Queen Travels: Where To Eat The Best Vegan Food In Macau

4 Mins Read Planning a weekend trip to Macau? We have you covered for your mini getaway! You’re in luck too if you are looking to spend some time outside of those huge indoor malls. Below, our roundup of the best vegan and vegetarian diners, cafés and restaurants in Macau. The Blissful Carrot The Blissful Carrot is Macau’s […]

Green Queen Travels: Where To Eat Vegan Food In Bangkok

6 Mins Read We love how vegan-friendly Bangkok’s food scene is, and so will you, after you give these places a visit. Our list of plant-based dishes to enjoy from traditional classics such as pad thai, tom yum and durian ice cream to globally inspired tacos, pizza and sushi is all you need for your next trip to […]

Is Your Reusable Bamboo Coffee Cup Toxic?

4 Mins Read 12 Popular Reusable Bamboo Fibre Coffee Cup Brands Found To Contain Toxic Melamine Looks like another popular zero waste accessory may bite the dust. That reusable bamboo fibre coffee cup that everyone is using and has become ubiquitous on the shelves of retail shops, independent cafés, coffee chains and your local homeware store? Turns out […]

Green Queen Travels: Where To Eat Vegan Food In Dubai

5 Mins Read Dubai is exploding with plant-based eateries and vegan options! Tons of restaurants are getting on board with the vegan trend, making the UAE capital bustling a truly vibing vegan food scene. Below are Green Queen’s top picks not to be missed – from thalis to raw courgetti and doughnuts – there is truly something for […]

Starbucks & Co: It’s Time To Scrap Your Plant-Based Milk Tax

2 Mins Read A spokesperson for global campaign Veganuary described the surcharge for customers ordering coffee with plant-based milks in many cafés a “vegan tax”, and that it should be removed to encourage people to try vegan options. Given that Asia is home to a large lactose-intolerant population, companies that charge customers extra for choosing plant-milk are not […]

Starbucks Debuts Stand Alone Teavana Concept Stores in Hong Kong Amidst Health & Green Push

3 Mins Read Starbucks has recently launched Teavana-forward outlets in Hong Kong this summer, featuring open designs, botanical touches and brand new flavours. This comes alongside a number of green initiatives that the coffee-chain giant have also begun to push in the city, including a collaboration with collapsible mug company Stojo and ditching plastic items. Starbucks’ shift towards […]