Not only was I on a train (albeit a very expensive one – one way Preston to London was well over £100), which is generally Good (or better than other options) for the environment, I was able to drink Fairtrade coffee at the same time.
It tasted pretty good too, not as awful as I have come to expect train coffee to taste. The cup seemed to be made of recycled paper from what I could tell, although the lid was plastic – but recyclable. Not sure why we all seem to need to use plastic lids on our coffees? Surely a recycled cardboard lid would work just as well?
But I digress – well done Virgin. Virgin became the first national company in the UK to move to Fairtrade drinks in 2006. Yes 2006 – Australian companies take note – that is 5 years ago! I was particularly tickled to read that they also use Fairtrade chocolate sprinkles on their hot drinks.
I dream of a day when we can travel in Australia by train with half as much ease as the UK or Europe. And if we could drink Fairtrade coffee whilst doing it… well that would be just magic.