The Coffee Enthusiasts Guide To Being More Environmentally Friendly
For the vast majority of us, the morning hasn’t truly begun until we’ve had our morning coffee. However, with a number of factors like disposable cups, and leftover wastage from the automatic coffee machine, the question begins to circulate in our minds, “how can I make this process a little more environmentally friendly?” Here, we answer that question and help you to make your morning ritual a little more beneficial for our planet.
Bring Your Own Mug
One of the simplest ways to be more environmentally friendly is to bring your own mug or KeepCup. Whilst it can be tempting to pass by a coffee shop and get a disposable cup, bringing your own limits your waste significantly. The same goes for when you are making your own coffee from the office coffee machine; many offices have a plethora of disposable coffee cups, when you know you can’t start your day without grinding your coffee beans and frothing your milk, then go one step further and bring your own special mug.
Compost Your Coffee Grounds
A way in which your office can be more environmentally friendly in a way that takes very little effort is by composting your coffee grinds. In one office, employees go through countless amounts of coffee which leads to a large build-up of grinds, and when this is all thrown out, it goes on to contribute to landfills. However, if you set up a compost bin, along with all the food scraps you throw out, you can also add those leftover grinds. overtime this will make a huge difference and can go on to have a second life by fertilising the company garden.
Recycle Your Pods
Many large workplaces utilise automatic coffee machines that use pods, due to their efficiency and general quality across the board, however, it takes hundreds of years to break these down, which is why many brands now offer a compostable version. These can’t be recycled like your average water bottle, but, many brands offer collection sites for these capsules to be taken to. From there they will be made into alternative products. This ranges from items such as photo frames to computers. Now, you can drink your coffee knowing you’re doing right by the world.
Ethically Source Your Beans
For those workplaces that are using semi-automatic coffee machines, chances are you’re grinding a high amount of coffee beans. This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute positively to the environment in an incredibly easy way, by using ethically sourced coffee beans. But how do you know if your coffee is ethically sourced? The simplest way is to make sure it says “Fairtrade” on the bag, this means the brand supports farmers and the environment, having a stricter set of guidelines to ensure it is being created ethically. The Puro Tiempo beans not only have a beautiful buttery flavour when roasted, but are also fairtrade beans, so whilst you’re drinking your second cup of the day you can feel good knowing your coffee is being created ethically.
Coffee is one of the most consistently consumed beverages for the majority of us, we drink it in order to productively begin our workday. We grind our beans as gossip with our favourite work colleague, and we sip it as we answer an abundance of Monday morning emails; so ensuring that we take small steps to being more environmentally friendly when consuming our daily ritual is one of the few steps we can take to benefiting our world a little more. So whether you’re composting your beans, recycling your grinds, or purchasing your coffee fairtrade, know that your morning cup of joe is improving the environment.