September 29th is the official day to observe National Coffee Day in the U.S. while October 1st marks International Coffee Day! Yet coffee is truly celebrated EVERY day when considering that it is the 2nd most drinkable beverage after water.
With the current news of drastic climate changes though, there have been dramatic price increases as coffee bean producing countries work to make up for lost income due to damaging and extreme weather conditions.
At Combat Project, our number one mission is supporting community, which includes an overall sustainable coffee industry and our customers. We encourage you to join us in this quest.
So, how can you enhance enjoying your morning Joe? Below we share a few tips for making your coffee drinking experience more sustainable.
Best Tips To Making Eco-Friendly Coffee
- Avoid single serve cups: Single serve cups and pods are damaging to our environment as these cups are usually not recycled and thus end up in landfills. This brewing method is not very eco-friendly yet there are sustainable coffee drinking options. In addition, pod and capsule systems which have become popular are very difficult to recycle and usually not recyclable. Consider also that these single serve machines are generally powered on throughout the entire day, which equates to consuming energy for a long period of time, and in turn, wastes valuable resources, such as electricity.
- Use your own coffee cup or mug: This option seems quite easy and simple to do! If you’re the one providing coffee and coffee cups must be supplied to the drinkers, consider purchasing eco-friendly recyclable coffee cups.
- Brew with a reusable filter: Using a French Press for coffee brewing is a more sustainable way to make your daily java, especially if you’re making coffee for yourself or simply two people. This brew method is convenient and uses less power.
- Compost coffee grounds: Rather than sending coffee grounds to your local landfill, consider composting. Coffee makes for a good fertilizer in small amounts for your garden.
- Buy Fair Trade beans: Buy Fair Trade coffee, knowing that the farmers are working to improve their quality of life as well as yours through best planting practices. The coffee itself tends to be of better quality, which is an added plus for the buyer. Fair trade shopping improves the environment in multiple ways, and that’s a great practice for the people and the planet.
- Select coffee brands with sustainable packaging: Consider selecting a coffee brand that uses eco-friendly packaging. Coffee packaging made of paper is generally easily recycled. Today, a growing number of producers and distributors utilize biodegradable coffee bags. Biodegradable options of coffee packaging can break down in the environment in less than 3 months when composted properly. If your coffee bag comes with a de-gassing valve, remember to cut it out of the bag, as some municipalities are unable to recycle these.
The next time you are shopping for coffee, consider the environment, which we all share together. 🌎
HAPPY COFFEE DAY, EVERY DAY! ☕