Coffee has become an unavoidable part of every day life. From coffee shop culture to needing that morning caffeine hit, many people would describe it as a necessity. However, do we ever think about the impacts of this? Like anything else, there are ways to indulge in coffee sustainably, but it’s also possible for it to do a lot of damage to the environment. Here are some of the best ways to ensure that your morning brew is as eco friendly as possible.
Source your coffee sustainably
Whether you drink coffee at home or from a cafe, it’s important to ensure that the beans you are drinking is produced sustainably. Brands like Grind are doing a great job at producing sustainably. Their coffee is sourced from small family run farms (and they pay them significantly more than fair trade rates) and all of their packaging, even their coffee pods for Nespresso machines is 100% plastic free and recyclable or compostable. If you’re drinking coffee on the go, try to visit independent cafe’s when you can. That way you can talk to the barista’s about the sourcing of the beans, find out more about the supply chain and know that you are making the most sustainable choice you can.
Ditch single use cups
Single use hot drink cups have a detrimental effect on the environment, with only one in 4oo cups used being recycled. This means that the rest of them end up in landfill, where they produce the equivalent carbon footprint to 33,000 driving around for a year. There are a few options when it comes to ditching single use cups. Either drink in the cafe, or bring your own reusable cup to have your drink in. If you have a coffee every day, think about the amount of waste that could be prevented by you making this one change. The best part about reusable cups is they’re often insulated, so not only is it the more sustainable choice, but it will also keep your drink hotter for longer.
Coffee is one of life’s little pleasures. It’s a great way to start the day, or a brilliant opportunity to socialise. However, like anything else, it’s important to be mindful of indulging in it as sustainably as possible. Ensure you make small changes wherever you can to ensure your coffee is being sourced well and packaged sustainably.