If coffee is as big a part of your life as it is mine, the way you get it matters ecologically. Because let’s face it. We can’t just stop drinking coffee. It’s a happy addiction. What we can do is go about it in the most sustainable way possible, with little efforts here and there. I suppose a lot of being environmental has to do with little efforts, small changes in routine that seem daunting at first but soon become second nature. Many of us think of coffee as a necessary precursor to a good day, so perhaps the method of our consumption is a good way to start. There are a few things to look for when attempting to get your fix the green way.
Before *If you have the means, try to buy organic and shade grown coffee. Doing so is both personally and environmentally healthy, as detailed here. Purchasing fair trade coffee also helps to keep farmers from working in harmful conditions. here’s a helpful list of eight fair trade coffee brands. Bigger coffee brands have a much larger environmental footprint, so asking yourself the local question can be a small victory for sustainability.
During *Use Eco-friendly coffee makers. A French Press is always a good option here (link), with the lack of electricity use and all, but there are other options. Here’s a short guide to the world of in-home sustainable coffee creation.
After*Turn your used coffee grounds into plant food! Contributing to nutrient rich soil, coffee grounds are excellent for plant fertilization, and fit great in the compost pile. Your plants will be thankful. They’ve been missing out.