Jiyeon, Leanna and Rick.‘No Plastics – No Gimmicks’ ... but the same great coffee posted on 10/01/2018
When customers drop in to Mt. Hood Roasters in Rhododendron,
they’re likely to have their steaming java delight served up by Leanna Little.
After all, she’s been there for five years.
But don’t be deceived. There’s more to Leanna than a great
cup of coffee. To wit:
Her ideas and efforts have helped Mt. Hood Roasters recycle
225 cubic feet of plastics, metal and paper; recycle more than one thousand
glass bottles; recycle roughly half a ton of cardboard; switched the company
from 5-pound plastic to 5-pound paper with corn-based PLA liners resulting in
the removal of an additional 300 pounds of plastic from the supply chain.
And this year, Leanna is pushing the company to stop using
non-compostable cups, lids and straws. This will remove more than a ton of
non-compostable refuse from the earth.
World Cleanup Day was celebrated last month, and it was
fitting that Leanna’s efforts were recognized at Roasters where she was
rewarded with a 3-day, 2-night stay in the Herman Melville Room at the Sylvia
Beach Hotel in Newport, a bonus check of $100, and a copy of Moby Dick that was
signed by the friends, families and guests in attendance.
“I am honored, humbled and overwhelmed,” Leanna said. “I
hope that one day everyone cares as much as I do for the home that we all
Among the guests was Susan Mead, secretary of Recycling
Advocates of Oregon.
“As a loyal customer of Mt. Hood Roasters … I was thrilled
to attend the ceremony to recognize Leanna Little’s recycling efforts on behalf
of your company,” Mead said. “Thank you Mt. Hood Roasters for your
contributions towards a greener planet earth.”
Roasters owner Jiyeon Applegate added that her home country
of South Korea is one of the top four world leaders in recycling.
“Less than half of the waste output is sent to the
landfill,” she said. “I want my company … to achieve the same success. Leanna
is one of the main people helping us get to that goal.”
Jiyeon’s husband and owner of Roasters, Rick Applegate,
reflected on the company’s commitment to being an industry leader in
sustainable business practices.
“Leanna is helping us lead that charge,” he said. “We want
to put pressure on other coffee shops and food service businesses to follow our
example. Our sustainability motto this year is ‘No plastics – No gimmicks.’
It’s not about cute marketing ideas, it’s about changing decades of old habits
and just committing to removing and reducing plastics from our inventory.
Drop in and pay homage to the paper straw, and notice the
celebratory passing of plastic.
By Larry Berteau/MT