Don’t let your morning coffee keep you awake at nightIf your morning doesn’t start until you’ve had your morning coffee, don’t let the weight of bad choices for the environment keep you up at night.
As days go by, we are challenged to adopt more sustainable and environmentally friendly ways of living. And when speaking of coffee, not everyone knows what we are talking about.
That’s why we have put together 5 valuable tips to make your coffee routine greener than ever, starting with that first morning sip.
5 tips to make your morning coffee routine more sustainable
Buy organic and fair-trade coffee instead
Organic is the way. If it is fair-trade certified, even better. The essential is that you choose the right type of coffee that will fuel your day, while starting your morning with a conscious choice.
Many do not know this, but organic coffee is the only type of coffee that is produced without the use of harmful fertilizers and pesticides or herbicides.
If the coffee is fair-trade certified, it means that the farmers are getting a minimum money return from the coffee they sell as well as better working conditions. Usually these farmers tend to adopt good farming practices.
Exchange coffee pods for ground coffee
Assuming you will buy organic coffee to make your coffee routine more sustainable, then exchanging coffee pods for ground coffee is a natural step to take, since organic coffee is mostly sold ground or in whole beans.
However, if you really love your coffee pods, try to find reusable ones.
When disposing the traditional coffee pods, pay attention to the container where you dump the old pods. The plastic waste container is not appropriated, and you should look for dedicated containers.
Use reusable filters to brew your coffee
If you simply can’t live without a filter coffee, take the time to improve the art of preparing an eco-friendlier cup. How? By using reusable rather than disposable filters. Disposable filters are mostly made of paper and wood pulp, so avoiding them can be a great step to avoid further felling of trees.
There are already some options in most shops (and online), made of metal or cloth.
Be careful when using a metal filter. It could be extremely hot!
Reduce, reuse, recycle
For your coffee routine to be sustainable at all stages, you mustn’t put your coffee packaging in the common trash. Recycle it, as well as everything you use at home.
And to further reduce waste, you can even use your coffee grounds as a natural plant fertilizer. If you have an aroma garden, for example, do not hesitate to spread some of the lees on the earth – as well as fertilizer, they will also act as a natural and non-toxic pesticide.
Forget the disposable cups and adopt the mugs
But what about the rest of the day? For those who drink their coffee mostly at work or while commuting, we have one magical tip: mugs! Travel mugs, thermo mugs, regular mugs… the main point is to stay clear of single-use cups.
Every big change starts with a small one. And many small changes can, indeed, change the whole world. So, why not start by making your morning coffee routine more sustainable and eco-friendlier? Together we can get there, one small change at a time.