We all want to do our part for the planet. But not everyone can afford organic certified coffee.
Craig Lynd goes over 3 very practical tips we can implement right now to reduce our morning cup’s footprint. Bonus: we will even save money in the process.
Most people have let eco-friendly and green habits influence many parts of their lives.
This active concern for our environment that people seem to be adopting is a great thing. There are so many different ways that you can help the environment—and you can start in places as small as your morning coffee.
1. Reusable and Recyclable Cups
The first place you can start in making your morning coffee drinking green is reusable cups.
If you go to a coffeehouse first thing in the morning, then you’ll notice that most of them sell on-the-go coffee mugs.
These could be made of heat-proof and BPA-proof plastic, metal, or ceramic. Not only are these for sale, but a lot of coffee franchises will fill them for you, and even give you a discount for using them.
All of those paper cups add up, and there’s not a guarantee that people are going to end up recycling them. If you aren’t able to buy a reusable coffee cup, then at least make sure to recycle the paper cup you get.
If you don’t go to coffee shops in the morning, then you can just as easily order or buy a thermos, and fill it up with coffee at home.
Or, if you have a little extra time in the morning, just sit and drink your coffee with breakfast with a mug.
2. Coffee Filters – Reusable or Recycled?
Coffee filters can produce a lot of waste.
You can buy coffee machines with filters that are reusable, and have metal mesh as opposed to bleached paper ones. This is a great option, because it doesn’t create any waste.
You might have to order a replacement filter eventually, but this beats using one paper filter every single day.
If your coffeepot uses filters, then you can opt for recycled filters. These are a better option than plain paper because they don’t use up as many resources to create.
You can purchase recycled coffee filters at a lot of grocery stores, so make the green choice next time you run out of your old ones.
3. Composting Coffee Grounds
Do you have a garden at home? Whether you’re growing flowers or veggies, many people would answer yes to this question.
Coffee grounds are a really fantastic material to put into compost. They make a terrific fertilizer since they are relatively rich in nitrogen. Bonus: caffeine is a natural pesticide.
So how do you compost? The Environmental Protection Agency website offers helpful tips for creating a compost bin, including adding browns, green (e.g. coffee grounds), and water.
Next time you go to throw coffee grounds away, consider composting them instead.
It’s Easy to Go Green!
Drinking coffee is an activity that most people partake in. The quality of our earth can be changed by the littlest things—good or bad.
So next time you go to your local coffeehouse, remember to bring your reusable cup, or recycle the paper one. Also, try a reusable or recycled filter instead of a bleached paper one, and be sure to compost your grounds.
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