Sustainable Coffee Guide
Brew Coffee Right & Fair in 7 Steps
Whether you like the convenience of capsule coffee, the sound of drip coffee or the pureness of fresh ground coffee; there is always a way to make your black coffee more green. There are multiple ways in which you can choose for more sustainable alternatives that will allow you to reduce your waste production and enjoy a fair and zero waste coffee moment at home or at work.
Go Green & Enjoy Your Coffee in 7 Steps
How can you make your cup of coffee or espresso more sustainable? For instance by exchanging disposable coffee capsules for reusable capsules. Or swapping out single-serve packaged coffee creamer, milk and sugar with refillable dispensers. Or replacing single-use coffee cups with reusable cups and stirrers with reusable spoons that can be reused over and over again. On this page, we want to give inspiration for a more sustainable daily coffee routine.
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Every minute about 39,000 single-use coffee capsules are made worldwide, while 29,000 are dumped in landfill sites.Research by Evergreen
Step 1: Coffee Machines:
There are multiple ways to make a flavorful cup of coffee, espresso or cappuccino. But which electronic coffee machine is best to brew the most eco-friendly coffee at home or at the office? A fully-automatic espresso machine and a traditional ‘auto-drip’ coffee maker are your best option, because these machines make fresh coffee with beans or ground coffee, and never use plastic or aluminum capsules.
Automatic coffee machines don’t require single-serve coffee pods, pads or capsules. These single-use pods are wasteful and harm the environment since recycling rates of the capsules are very low. In 2018 alone, more than 15 billion single-use capsules were thrown away and not recycled.
Step 2: Coffee Beans & Ground Coffee
How do you make your black coffee more green? One of the easiest ways is to purchase fair trade coffee. By choosing Fairtrade coffee you will support the coffee farmers around the world and you protect the environment. You can buy fair trade as ground coffee or coffee beans. For the beans you need to use an automatic espresso machine or a coffee grinder.
Step 3: Coffee Filters & Reusable Pods
A drip coffee machine that uses ground coffee requires a coffee filter. To reduce waste it is recommended to make use of reusable coffee filters or 100% natural and organic filters which are biodegradable. Single-serve coffee machines make use of capsule coffee and this way of brewing your coffee can be very wasteful. This form of ‘mono-use’, where you buy, brew and then bin the coffee isn’t a circular way of making a cup of coffee.
Step 4: Coffee Cups
In commercial environments it is common that coffee is served in single-use plastic cups. Also known as coffee ‘on the go’ which you can buy at your local coffee store and is also served in a disposable coffee cup. These cups are not very eco-friendly because most of them are not recycled properly.
Step 5: Milk & Sugar Dispenser
Instead of using single packaged powdered coffee creamer and sugar it is more sustainable to serve coffee creamer and sugar in large dispensers, and let everyone help themselves.
Step 6: Reusable Spoons & Stir Sticks
Around 138 billion plastic coffee stir sticks are thrown away globally every year. When you want to make your coffee green, you should stop offering and using disposable plastic stir sticks.
Step 7: Compost Bins & Knock Boxes
Did you know that about 6 million tonnes of coffee grounds is sent to landfill every year. To prevent this from happening it is important to separate coffee grounds in a dedicated recycling bin.
Coffee to Go? Bring Your Own Cup
A lot of people like to drink their coffee on their commute to work or school. Some make their coffee at home in the morning and bring it with them in an insulated coffee tumbler. But most people like to buy their coffee on the go to a local coffee shop. Instead of ordering your hot coffee in a disposable cup you get at the store, you can also bring your own reusable cup to shrink your environmental footprint. Some stores, such as Starbucks, even offer a cup discount so you save a bit of money too.More Reusable Coffee Cups
For The Tea Drinkers Among Us
Some people prefer to drink tea rather than coffee, or switch to tea later in the day to avoid caffeine. What many don’t know is that your average tea bag can contain plastics, and therefore these are not appropriate to compost or recycle. However, below we have provided some eco friendly, plastic free solutions for this issue.
Eco-Friendly Tea Bags and Infusers
Loose Leaf Tea
English Breakfast Tea
Davidson’s Green Tea
Lipton Loose Black Tea
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Step Up: Recycle, Reuse & Reduce
The three arrows of the recycling symbol represent the three main stages of the recycling process: recycling, reusing and reducing. Together the arrows form a closed loop. Step up and implement eco-friendly replacements in your daily life.
By Recycling.com/ 12 November 2019