5 Ways Coffee Drinkers Can Become Better Stewards of the Environment

5 Ways Coffee Drinkers Can Become Better Stewards of the Environment

This is a guest post from the Exotic Bean

In this day and age, it is important for everyone to know the role they play in preserving the environment, and to take action to reduce their impact wherever and whenever possible. Though they may not think of it, coffee drinkers are responsible for their fair share of waste, from reusable coffee cups and lids to one-time use coffee filters. Here are 5 simple changes that you can make as a coffee drinker that can help the environment and reduce waste in the process.

  1. Bring Your Own Cup

An average coffee drinker can save up to 23 pounds of paper each year just by bringing their own cup to the local coffee shop. In fact, many coffee shops prefer this strategy, and some even will give you a small discount for it. Always keep your travel mug clean and ready to go in your car for your next coffee break, and you’ll be doing the environment a great service.

  1. Re-Using Coffee Filters

Instead of using and tossing out a new coffee filter everyday, invest in a reusable coffee filter. It will save you money in the long run, make your coffee taste better, and help out the environment in the process. For the Keurig lovers out there, you can also invest in Reusable Single Cup Keurig K-Cups.

  1. Buy Organic, Fair Trade, Non-Gmo / Shade Grown Coffee

Consider drinking shade grown coffee if you want to help out the environment. Shade grown coffee requires little or no pesticides, which can be harmful to the surrounding ecosystems. The shady trees filter carbon dioxide, help with soil moisture retention, provide a much-needed bird habitat, and support biodiversity.

Coffee with the “Fair Trade Certified” label guarantees that the farmers who grew the coffee are paid a fair price for their harvest. When you buy fair trade and organic coffee, you are supporting environmental sustainability through organic practices that reduce and/or eliminate the use of harmful toxic pesticides and other chemical additives.

  1. Importing Coffee From Places Like Thailand

An easy way to ensure that your coffee is sustainably grown is to import it from countries that are known for producing top quality shade grown, fair trade, and organic coffee. Coffee from Thailand is a perfect example, offering premium taste and sustainable practices. As a consumer, you can send the message to these fair trade and pro-environment coffee growers and importers that you are willing to pay a little more for a superior product that is much less damaging to the environment.

  1. Compost With Coffee

Coffee grounds that end up in a landfill aren’t doing any particular harm, but why not use them in your compost instead? Your used coffee grounds will benefit the composting process and contribute to nutrient rich soil for your garden or indoor potted plants.


About the Author
Ramona Watry is a copywriter for Green Eggs & Planet, an online journal that discusses ways to benefit the environment through simple changes in behavior.


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