Beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you… drink? Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year. That’s a lot of beans! Whether you’re making your coffee at home, or taking it to go, chances are you are creating waste somewhere in the process. With this many cups being consumed daily, it seems this is an area of concern we need to tackle. So here are my recommendations for reducing the waste associated with your morning (or mid-day) ritual.
1.) Buy Your Beans In Bulk
The majority of grocery stores are hopping on board with this trend of bulk coffee beans. Not only is it a great opportunity to try new flavors, but it’s also a great opportunity to reduce your waste. A simple swap like bringing your own reusable bulk bags can save you from hundreds, if not thousands, of plastic bags over time.
2.) Grind Your Own Beans
If you are able to find your beans pre-ground in a container that is compostable (or able to be purchased in a reusable) go for it! However, I have not been so lucky. This hand held bean grinder is a simple kitchen gadget that can help you avoid the weird big box store packaging that typical coffee grounds come in. Some crazy person decided packaging that can’t even be recycled was a good idea. Yeesh.
3.) Reusable Coffee Filter
Luckily for us eco-warriors, there are several reusable coffee filters becoming available. This one is simple to use, easy to store, and requires no electricity. Not only is it the perfect options for those of us on the go, but it’s also a great option for your camping Cup-Of-Joe. Snag yourself a FLTRgo here.
4.) Reusable Coffee Cup
This may be the most simple, but essential, swap of all! A reusable cup can cut down your waste whether you’re making your coffee at home, or grabbing it on the go. This swap can reduce your solid waste footprint by a ton (literally)! I use a small KeepCup, but they have these cute little cups in different sizes and colors.
That’s all I have for now! These swaps are simple, but can save you from a lot of waste. I think I’ll start writing more blog posts if you like this one. Let me know. Feel free to check out my YouTube video about these products.