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Coffee Shops Minimize Environmental Impact


LANSING — John Roos, the owner of Ann Arbor-based RoosRoast Coffee shop, thinks hard about what he can do to make his business stand out. Roos takes the quality of his coffee seriously. However, as an environmentally conscious person, he understands the impact coffee-making has on the planet and tries to find ways around that.

“One of the things we do right off the bat is we purchase a lot of products locally, which kind of lowers our carbon footprint,” Roos said.

Running a coffee shop uses a lot of milk. Roos prefers to buy it from Calder dairy, a small business in the area. Not only does it help the local economy, but the bottles are glass.

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