Now more than ever, we must all do our part to reduce, reuse, and recycle. With just a moment of awareness and these 5 ways to make your coffee habit more sustainable, you’ll be doing your part to help mother earth.
Purchase Beans with Integrity
Feel good about your environmental and social impact while enjoying a great cup of coffee. Here at Java Love, we take great care in sourcing our beans, purchasing certified coffees - fair trade, rainforest alliance, organic and Swiss water decaf. Learn more about or certifications and what they mean – it really does make a difference to the land, the farmer and you the consumer.
Bring Your Own Mug
Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day (146 billion cups per year)! If you buy just one cup of coffee in a disposable cup every day, you’ll end up creating about 23 pounds of waste in one year. Sad but true. Do your part and use a travel mug when on the run. Plus, we’ll fill your travel mug with hot or iced coffee and only charge you for a small coffee - a double win. And, if you’re wondering which travel mug to buy – we have you covered. If you’re sipping at our shop, ask for a mug or glass – a perfect opportunity to be mindful about creating unnecessary waste.
Compost Coffee Grounds
Why add more to the landfill when you can use your grounds for the garden’s goodness. Simply add used grounds to the fruit, veggies, paper and leaves you’re already composting. Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen (which allows plants to convert sunlight into energy), so it really makes sense to “feed” the plants. If you’re new to composting, check out The Spruce – Composting 101.
Skip the Single Serve
The amount of K-Cups that have been trashed in landfills could wrap around the planet 10 times! If they’re not recycled, it will take thousands of years to decompose in a landfill and will contribute to our growing problem of plastic pollution. If you’re interested in one-cup coffee, try an EkoBrew reusable filter or a tea infuser – they work just as well for coffee too.
Use Compostable Filters
If You Care is a great company that makes a variety of paper household/kitchen goods. Their coffee filters are made from unbleached, chlorine-free (TCF) paper – and they’re compostable. No chemicals here!