Every day, Americans drink more than 450 million cups of coffee! Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world (after oil). This high demand for coffee is having a drastic impact on our eco-systems. So many disposable cups, coffee filters, stirrers and packaging are thrown away in our landfills, and there are massive amounts of deforestation taking place to produce enough coffee to keep up with the worlds demand. Here are a few tips to make your coffee more eco-responsible:
-If you prefer hot coffee, use a french press instead of a traditional coffee pot. It doesn’t require a paper filter, it’s simple to use, and saves energy and counter space.
-To really go eco-friendly with your coffee, start cold-brewing! During the cold-brew process, time replaces heat. Put your coffee grounds in a reusable cloth filter (I use an organic cotton filter from Coffee Sock!) Leave the filter soaking in a jug of water overnight, and the next day you have delicious, cool coffee.
-Two labels to look for: “Shade Grown” coffee uses coffee plants grown under a canopy of trees, which supports the migrating bird population as well as prevents deforestation. “Rainforest Alliance Certified” means the beans were grown according to proper “green” standards, including having natural forest cover, natural water flow, and protection of wildlife in the area.
-Every year 25 million to-go coffee cups end up in the landfill. Don’t use paper cups- bring your own reusable mug with you to coffee coffee shops, work, and at home.
-Try to avoid chains and instead buy local coffee. Too often coffee is travelling over 10,000 miles just to reach your cup.
-Compost your coffee grounds to create high quality fertilizer that can be used in your garden. (The #GoWilde challenge on creating a compost pile coming soon!)
So #GoWilde and green your caffeine!