Make Your Coffee More Eco-Friendly

is-recycle_coffeeMany environmentalists like to point to coffee-drinkers as some of the biggest culprits when it comes to harming the environment, from the excessive waste of K-cups to drinking coffee from styrofoam cups at the office. If the finger-pointing bothers you, there are several things coffee lovers can do to reduce the amount of waste and be a tad more eco-friendly all around. The best part is, they’re all very simple and easy to do!

Use coffee mugs.

Instead of using plastic or styrofoam cups, invest in a coffee mug or five. Keep one at work, and several at home. You can even create your own coffee mugs on Etsy or on CafePress.

Use washable filters.

Paper filters are great, as they’re easy to clean up, but they create waste. Look into buying permanent filters that need to be washed to save how much gets dumped into a landfill.

Recycle coffee grounds.

We’ve explained before the benefits and how to reuse your old coffee grounds, but it’s worth mentioning again.

Coffee grounds make great additions for your compost pile, but if you don’t have a compost pile, throw your used grounds into your garden. The nitrogen in the grounds makes for an all-natural fertilizer, and the grounds will keep unwanted pests away, such as ants and even stray cats.

Do you have your own eco-friendly coffee tips? Leave them in the comments below!

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