It’s Plastic Free July and I’m super excited about all the zero waste posts I’ve been seeing online this month. This challenge is all about building awareness around our plastic use and trying to build some earthy new habits. Want to join the challenge?!
Here are 5 easy ways to reduce waste while enjoying your coffee:
1. Say No to plastic coffee canisters
The first step in zero waste coffee is avoiding plastic packaging. Buy coffee in recyclable or compostable bags, or purchase in bulk.
2. Choose “green” coffee makers
If you’re in a market for a new coffee maker, you might want to check one of these brewing methods. Besides the fact they make minimal waste, they are completely plastic-free and toxin-free.
3. Switch to reusable coffee filters
No matter if you’re using Keurig or Chemex to make your coffee, switching to a reusable filter is one of the best things you can do for your wallet and for the environment. You’ll make zero waste and if you’re using k-cups, you will save a ton of money. Depending on the brand, one regular k-cup costs from $0.40 – $0.60. Get some ground coffee and a reusable filter, and your cup of coffee will cost less than $0.20. That’s 50% – 65% savings!
Chemex: organic cotton coffee filters | stainless steel filter
Drip: cone shaped cotton filter
Keurig: classic series filter | 2.0 reusable filter | universal filter for K-Elite
Pour over: cotton coffee filters
4. Bring your own cup
If you buy coffee every morning, skip disposable cups and make a switch to something you can use over and over again. This will make a huge impact on the environment plus, you’ll often get a discount for bringing your own cup. There are so many different cup sizes, shapes, and materials so I’m sure there’s a right cup for anyone. My favorites?! The Zojirushi, KeepCup and of course, glass mason jars.
This lid was picked up underwater at Cabbage Tree Bay in Manly, Australia.
5. Use reusable straws
Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States. Say no to plastic straws completely, or get a few stainless steel straws.
Remember: Every little action counts and it’s okay if you’re not 100% plastic free or only using sustainable products all the time. It about small changes and doing what you can, when you can.