Earth Day turns forty this year, so you’d think that things would be looking greener by now. However, it’s no secret that the earth is taking some pretty serious hits right now. As far as our precious coffee, across the world forests are being cut down to plant coffee trees and closer to home roadsides and even lakes are littered with coffee cups.
There’s no easy answer, but there are ways that we can help reduce the environmental impact of our morning coffee.
Start the next time you go shopping. Take a look at the labels. Organic and Shade Grown are just two of the many earth friendly labels that are out there. Organic coffees are grown and processed without harsh chemicals and shade grown coffee preserves habitats for migratory birds on coffee farms. And don’t forget to buy local so that your coffee has less of a carbon foot print.
Billions of paper and styrofoam cups are used once then thrown out every year. They’re filling up landfills, polluting our land and lakes. The simple answer is start using a travel mug or something more fashionable like the Mug Hug. The Mug Hug is is a reusable, flexible lid for coffee mugs that presses on for a seal. It’s designed for people who like their home brew or office coffee in their own personal mug.
Unplug your coffee maker and cut your electric bill with a French Press or Aeropress. The only power needed is to heat the water. The French Press doesn’t even require a single use paper filter that you would have to throw out. The Aeropress only needs a filter that’s less the size of a half dollar coin. Either way, you’re getting great tasting coffee.
If you are set on using your coffee maker, use coffee filters made of recycled paper or better yet, get a permanent reusable filter. Have a Keurig singer serve brewer? Have you checked out their reusable k-cup, it allows you to use your own coffee and not have to throw out a plastic k-cup every time.
After your all done, don’t throw the coffee grounds in the trash, put them in your compost pile in the backyard. Don’t have a compost pile? What are you waiting for? Start one today or give them to one of your neighbors that does.
That’s just a few easy ways to go green with your coffee, what suggestions do you have?
Photo by brhefele.