Coffee

10 ways to Green Your Coffee

The time to think about how to "green your" coffee is well before you sit down to enjoy your morning cup o' joe. A few topics we touch on in our tips: chemicals, clear-cutting, cup conservation, coffee composting and more !

  1. Choose Fair Trade Certified coffee

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    Buying coffee that is labeled as Fair Trade Certified promotes both the economic stability of small farmers and environmental stewardship.

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  2. Choose Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee

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    Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee is grown under natural shade cover with minimal to no chemicals and ensures the fair treatment of farmers.

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  3. Choose organic coffee

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    Conventional coffee crops are treated with environmentally hazardous chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Organic coffee is the chemical-free alternative, safer for you and the Earth.

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  4. Buy a reusable mug

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    Kick the disposable tea or coffee cup habit and reach for a reusable mug for your next to-go beverage. Or for iced coffee try a retro looking glass mason jar with a lid.

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  5. Choose shade-grown coffee

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    Coffee grown in natural shade discourages forest clear-cutting, which preserves the habitat of native bird species, and the overuse of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.

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  6. Choose reusable or recycled coffee filters

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    When brewing your own coffee, opt for reusable or recycled coffee filters to cut back on paper waste.

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  7. Recycle your coffee grounds

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    Yes they CAN be composted! Keep them out of landfills and use them instead to nourish the earth.

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  8. Buy bulk food to reduce packaging waste

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    Super size your coffee purchasing by buying beans from bulk bins. This will save on packaging and save you loads of beans (money beans that is).

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  9. Choose eco-friendly packaging

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    Many grocery stores and coffee shops will allow you to bring your own container to be re-filled.

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  10. Use a french-press over a drip machine

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    Use far less coffee, less energy AND get a more flavorful cup. Doesn't get much simpler.

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Comments

09/05/2008
1:33pm
ecollection

fair trade is the top issue for me. sure shade grown and organic is nice, but when it comes to coffee, social justice is the priority for my cup. price per pound that goes to farmer increases from $.60 to over $1.20... the amount that multinationals pay farmers around the world is a bit ridiculous. i rather pay my extra buck in the north and feel reassured that someone is getting that money in the south. more here:
http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/fairtrade/coffee/

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