If you are one of the millions of health conscious coffee lovers have you ever thought if your daily habit is friendly to our planet? There is a side of the realm of coffee that many might not think about.
Waste. Garbage. Refuse.
It's so easy to toss your empty cup, or single-serve pod in the trash. That's how it works, right? You just throw it away, and *poof* it's gone? No!
In fact, billions of paper cups are thrown away (not even recycled) every year.
Yes, certain companies are boasting a more "green" approach, having a reusable pod for single serve to advocate towards sustainability, but it genuinely does not tackle the problem at its source. Millions of pods are still making their way to landfills every year. Many of these pods are made with plastics that do not biodegrade, thus they will end up in one of the thousands of landfills scattered across the globe... for generations to come.
An interesting component to this entire debate, is that most people believe coffee cups are recyclable. They're made of paper, right? That can be recycled! -- Yes, but the inner-most part of the cups are often coated with a fine plastic to help with heat and water resistance. That negates the capacity for being recycled.
The Independent UK makes a poignant notion "Perhaps the biggest issue with disposable coffee cups is the disconnect between their alleged recyclability and the rate at which they are actually recycled. Cups are technically recyclable, something that some coffee companies actively promote on their packaging. However, due to the complicated way in which they are produced, the vast majority of coffee cups do not end up being recycled."
The old adage - "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!" is as relevant as ever and is something we should be thinking about when we are making or enjoying our next cup of coffee. In the past few decades coffee has become an enterprise built to get you caffeinated and out the door as quickly as possible and it makes it easy to lose yourself in how that impacts our world.
How you brew your coffee can have an impact on our planet. Does your brew method create waste that cannot be turned into compost or will bio-degrade over time? If not, you might consider brew methods that produce less waste. If you want to take it a step further, consider finding a coffee maker that doesn't use electricity. This also comes in handy in the event of a power outage or on a more positive note, your next camping trip!
Brew methods matter, not just for our planet but also our health. Find out if your brew method may be hurting your health.
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