Is Your Coffee Habit Eco-Friendly?
It is true that a coffee habit can result in a substantial amount of waste, from coffee filters and beverage packaging to water used for washing and brewing equipment. According to Roy Morgan Research, Australian adults consumed an average of 9.2 cups of coffee a week in 2014. So, imagine how much waste is generated by coffee consumption at the macro level. You can do your part to save the environment by adopting an eco-friendly coffee habit. Here’s how.
Buy Local Coffee
Buying local coffee does not only help support the Australian economy and small businesses, it can also improve the environment. The processes of producing and transporting imported branded coffee leaves huge carbon footprints. Locally-produced coffee, on the other hand, has minimal environmental impact, and they are usually fair or direct-trade certified.
Do you know that coffee grounds can be used for fertilizing plants? If you have a yard, garden, or potted plants, you can use your coffee grounds as fertilisers instead of throwing them into the trash after each brew.
Reuse or Recycle Paper Cups
Not every paper cup can be recycled. To-go paper cups used for serving coffee have a waterproof coating inside, and they will most likely end up in a landfill because of that. Wash and reuse your to-go paper cups whenever you can, or ask the barista if the coffee shop has a recycling plan for to-go cups.
Get Reusable Filters
Using reusable filters is another great eco-friendly coffee habit. Besides reducing the amount of paper used for brewing coffee, it also makes your coffee tastier and helps you save money in the long run. If you want to keep using paper filters, choose the biodegradable variety.
Buy an Eco-Friendly Coffee Maker
Unless you want to try eating coffee beans, which more and more people are doing, you will need to have a coffee maker. An ordinary coffee maker is more detrimental to the environment because it uses more electricity. Getting a coffee maker that is certified by an energy-saving organisation can make your coffee habit greener and reduce your energy bills. Also, try to recycle your old coffee maker instead of just throwing it away.
There are many things that you can do in your daily life to have a positive impact on the environment. While you are enjoying your eco-friendly coffee experience in the morning, think about other ways to make your life greener.
Article written for HideAway Haven by Sally Writes
At HideAway Haven we provided locally roasted Fair Trade Coffee by Naked bean and we encourage our guests to use our Plungers (French Press) Coffee Grounds are placed in the plants near the entrance way. This also gives an amazing welcoming smell of coffee as guests arrive.