Let’s talk about coffee.
One of my major goals this (and every) year is to reduce my consumption of… well, a lot of things. I’m aiming to decrease my GHG footprint, my consumption of highly processed and packaged foods, and nearly eliminate my purchasing of single-use plastic.
But as I got back to my desk after the holiday break, my consumption of one thing rapidly increased – that damn delicious kind-of-a-drug bean water: coffee.
How to keep coffee consumption (environmentally) sustainable? I’m no academic expert on waste reduction (check out @wastefreephd or @lillysedaghat to learn from the pros) but have assembled some tips.
•✅ Use a quality reusable mug that fits into your purse or backpack. I’m obsessed with my @yeti coffee mug. ☕️
• ❌ Avoid single-serve products like Keurig K-cups (which aren’t recyclable)
• ✅ When possible, skip the latte and choose more energy friendly methods. I admittedly struggle with this one, but @aeropress and French-presses are great alternatives!
• ✅ Look for beans grown without industrial methods that perpetuate social and environmental harms: @rainforestalliance certified beans and @fairtradecertified brands are good places to start (among others!). Also look for shade-grown, bird-friendly beans 🌳🐦💕• ✅ Shop ethical, local brands and coffee shops
• ✅ Buy your grounds in bulk and use non-plastic packaging where possible. Some companies like @levelgroundtradingsell their beans in industrially-compostable bags! 🙏🏼
• ✅ Finally, pay attention to what goes in your brew! Consider using fair trade, sustainable sweeteners and cruelty-free “dairy” options where possible. Homemade almond milk is my absolute favorite 💕
Hop in with your questions or more helpful tips – I’m always looking for ways to make my nearly-personally-unsustainable love for coffee at very least environmentally kind.