30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 5: Use a Reusable Coffee Cup)

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Zero Waste Challenge – Reusable Coffee Cup | We drink a lot of coffee. 587 million cups per day for Americans.
 
It’s harder now than ever to avoid disposable coffee cups.
 
But we do have some options to reduce or avoid these.
 
We drink a lot of coffee. 587 million cups per day for Americans. That’s quite a few cups that are going right into the garbage. And despite the cup’s outer “paper” layer, these cups are not recyclable.
 
1. Make your coffee at home – put it in a thermos – and take it with you. Take some time to learn how to make your fancy, schmancy drinks at home. Not only will you save a boatload of trash, but you’ll also save money too.
 
2. Get your coffee to stay, if you can. Ask for it in a ceramic cup and take the time to slow down and enjoy.
 
3. If your coffee shop allows it right now, have your coffee made in your reusable coffee cup. Beware though of the places that make the coffee in a disposable cup then pour it into your reusable. I think it’s just better to support your local coffee shops at this point because those usually uphold better sustainable practices than the chains.
 
4. Try something else to get you going in the morning. Though the coffee cups are a huge environmental problem, coffee production by far outweighs the impact over the cups. Coffee is a HUGE contributor to pollution, deforestation, erosion, and soil quality degradation. You have to be careful what you are supporting.
 

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4 thoughts on “30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 5: Use a Reusable Coffee Cup)

  1. Hi! I was wondering: I use a moka pot to make a cup of coffee in the morning. It doesn't need filters and it's made of stainless steel. Is that in the same range of a french press?

  2. I've used a reusable coffee cup since the early 80's back when they were called Commuter Cups, they wouldn't fit in a cup holder because cars didn't have cup holders! They would ride on your console (or the top of your car) without tipping over.

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