I know I’m getting my coffee beans from across the world, so I have no illusion of being eco friendly on this point. But. There is a but. There are ways to make your coffee habits friendlier to this earth and to you too!
First, if you can, buy organic coffee beans:
This has a threefold benefit. It protects the farmers, the environment and the people who drink it, from exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides, which studies show to be cancer causing, as well as damaging to reproductive and nervous systems.
Second, switch up the way you make coffee:
Unless you spend a lot on a quality coffee maker, you’re likely going to have to replace it every couple of years. I know that in my time as a coffee drinker, I’ve already sent 3 coffee makers to the landfill 😦 An alternative method is using a ceramic coffee dripper. Ceramic is a better choice than a plastic dripper because when plastic is heated, it leaches toxins and hormone disrupters into your body (not the best way to start the day). A ceramic coffee dripper produces a great cup of coffee, and, because you can only make one cup at a time, you will drink LESS coffee, which is, we must admit, probably better for us anyway.
Third, try using reusable coffee filters:
Coffee Sock in particular has an organic cotton filter that is made in the USA. Reusable filters help us produce less waste and are more economical because one purchase lasts a really long time! They are very low maintenance and only need to be rinsed after each use, and boiled in fresh water for 10 minutes every 6-8 weeks.
Fourth, bring your own coffee cup when you get takeout coffee:
I know that personally, I can step it up and make an effort to bring my reusable coffee cup when I do go out for coffee. Just thinking about those piles and piles of take-out coffee cups that can NOT be recycled is pretty sickening.
For so many people, coffee is part of our daily ritual, it’s the delightful, warm way we say we are ready for the day! With these tips, I think you’ll feel even better when you take that first sip of coffee in the morning!