Love coffee but want to have less waste? These zero waste coffee tips will help you avoid a lot of the waste but still enjoy delicious coffee drinks.
Drinking coffee can be a pretty wasteful habit. Did you know it’s the second most popular drink in the world? The world consumes about 1400 million cups per day.
Americans alone consume more than 16 billion paper cups of coffee every year. And that doesn’t include all the Styrofoam and plastic cups of coffee. Coffee addicts, I’m not asking you to give up this habit, just rethink it and there are several ways you can do that.
How to Have Zero Waste Coffee
Rethink the Cup
There are many great reusable options out there and some coffee shops offer real mugs if you are staying there. Here are some great options to replace disposable mugs.
Rethink the Coffee
There are several things to look for that make coffee more sustainable. Locally roasted coffee requires less energy to transport and supports your local economy.
Fair Trade certified coffee helps ensure that the coffee was produced with fair wages and higher environmental standards. Organic certified coffee is produced without the use of harmful chemicals. And you can also find “bird-friendly” coffee, which is coffee produce with a natural tree canopy.
Rethink How it’s Made
Even if you have your own cup, some places, like Starbucks, will often make your coffee in a disposable cup and then pour the coffee into your reusable cup. This, of course, doesn’t help anything. So if you drink coffee out, make sure they will use your reusable mug properly. Also, ask about their recycling policy.
Another way to ensure your coffee is made in the most eco-friendly manner possible is to make it at home. This doesn’t have to mean giving up your fancy coffees or buying huge and costly expresso machines. There are some great easy ways to make your own fancy coffee at home. Here are some supplies that can help.
If you have any neat supplies or recipes to share, please do so in the comments below. Would love to hear more great ways to keep coffee more sustainable.