Do you indulge in a cup of coffee every day? Your daily cup of coffee could have an impact on the environment over time. Non-compostable cups, single-use plastic straws, and even the packaging of your coffee beans can have a negative effect on our environment. If you’re wondering how you can make your daily cup of coffee a little more eco-friendly, here are some simple ways to get started.
It’s estimated that 16 billion disposable coffee cups are used each year. If you’re a daily coffee drinker, you can use over 300 coffee cups a year. The best way to cut down on coffee cup waste is to invest in a reusable coffee mug or a couple if you are a daily coffee drinker. You will not only cut back on waste, but you might even save some money. Several coffee shops (including Growers Alliance) offers special discounts when you bring in your own cup.
Once you invest in a reusable coffee cup, you might consider investing in a glass, metal, bamboo, or another type of reusable straw. Did you know more than half a billion plastic straws are used every day around the world? Investing in reusable straws are an affordable way to cut back on your daily waste. If you’re not a fan of carrying around a reusable straw, ask for eco-friendly straw options and if they are unavailable, consider sipping on your coffee without a straw.
One piece of packaging that is frequently overlooked is the bag that your coffee comes in. Although many people don’t have access to unpackaged bulk coffee, buying larger bags of coffee will help you cut back on your coffee waste. At Growers Alliance, we offer 12oz bags of coffee along with 5lb bags of our popular blends.
If you are still looking for another way to make your daily cup of coffee a little more eco-friendly, you may want to consider recycling your coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are full of soil-friendly nutrients like nitrogen that can really help your garden thrive. Mix some grounds in with the soil of acid-loving plants like azaleas and blueberries for a boost of nutrients to help them thrive!