Let's face it, most of us cannot live without our morning cup of coffee or coffees. That is one of the thing that drives me to leave my bed in the mornings, stimulates my bowel habits and it is a faithful and welcome boost during endless meetings or just a short break.
But as with most habit, I sometimes find myself getting wasteful with my coffee. I’ll brew a cup only to drink half, or brew a pot only to drink a single cup. I’ll forget my travel mug and have to use a disposable cup. And, I’ll admit, for a few times take a straw or plastic bag without the need to.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to green my coffee habits, and I realised that there are a lot of small steps and changes that I can make to make my habit more sustainable and eco-friendly. Here’s how.
1. Choose coffee wisely. There is a multitude of coffee varieties for sale. organic, ethically sourced, fair trade and the list goes on. So do your research on how your coffee is sourced.
2. Straws, bring resuable if possible. Coffee is a commodity that most of us enjoy on a daily basis. If you do use disposable straws, think about it. How much plastic waste is thrown out to the environment. Duck Saves Earth has a solution to this.
3. Skip the single-serve. Pod and capsule systems makers are not very eco-friendly because many of these are not recyclable, or they’re difficult to recycle. Kava capsules are reusable, just wash it and refill with coffee. What’s more, certain models of these machines are designed to be powered on for a large portion of the day so that the water will stay warm, ready to be brewed at a moment’s notice. This, of course, wastes energy.
4. Brush your teeth every morning? Bamboo toothbrush:
Commercial toothbrushes are mainly made of plastic, causing a huge wastage every year due to the need for a brand new brush every few months. The cleaner our teeth, the dirtier the planet. To combat this issue, our bamboo toothbrushes are hence made of a natural material - bamboo. This makes our toothbrush handle entirely compostable, allowing the product to return to the earth after its use. Just be careful! Our bristles are made of nylon, a material that is not compostable, thus requiring the need to remove it before composting the toothbrush. To make travelling much easier, we also offer a bamboo tube to contain the toothbrush. This allows users to keep the toothbrush nice and clean! Perfect!
5. Taking your coffee to go? By now hopefully you are conditioned to use a travel mug rather than a disposable cup. Stash an extra one in your car for impromptu trips to the coffee shop, and label your travel mugs with your name and phone number in case they get lost.
6. Compost used grounds. If you’re a gardener, don’t trash those spent coffee grounds! They can be composted or incorporated straight-up into the garden where they impart all sorts of benefits: they add nitrogen to soil or compost, they can act as a barrier to keep slugs and snails out of the garden, and they are great food for a worm bin.
7. Closer and Greener Shave Double edge safety razor: