With the release of the forthcoming film Black Gold, you're likely to hear a lot of bad things about coffee in the next few weeks, so it's good to remember there are good reasons to produce the drug-in-a-mug sustainably. One, is to produce paper, which is good news for trees.
The coffee production process creates a lot of leftover detritus like peel, leaves and beans that are too small and slip through the net. This can be gathered and used to make paper, and Ecopapers has launched a new range of coffee paper notebooks with a lovely, marbled effect. There's also a good range of stationery made from banana peel, in some equally pretty designs.
Since plastic recycling seems to be the topic on everyone's lips, it's worth remembering you can also get stationery covered in recycled placcy; my favourite is this anarchic and bright-coloured range at the Eden Project store.