Spotlight: Sustainable Coffee and Tea Morning Routine
BY: Abigail Weiland
If you love having a strong cup of joe or breakfast earl grey tea to start your day off right, then there are easy ways to make your morning beverage more sustainable. Below are a few concrete steps to help make your coffee and tea habits more green. There are also some products listed that can help you to make a long-term change to your mornings.
If you are a coffee or tea lover then you can:
- Try to buy your coffee grounds and loose teas in bulk, and choose to look for organic and fair-trade certified coffee and tea. In order to understand why it is important to buy fair-trade coffee click on this link to read more. Also, to understand the power behind choosing fair-trade tea, Numi Organic Tea offers a great explanation on why they celebrate the impact of making fair-trade and organic tea. To read more, click on this link.
- You can choose to use a travel mug to drink your coffee or tea. You can even bring your mug to your favorite coffee shop instead of using their cups. This can significantly cut down on the waste created by your morning beverage routines.
- In specific to tea, try to choose loose teas and brew your tea in a teapot that has a strainer. This creates less waste from throwing out tea bags. In case you love using tea bags though, you can also purchase biodegradable tea bags that do not have metal staples on them here on Amazon.
- For at home coffee creations, try using a french press to make a personalized cup of joe. The french press does not require you to use any paper filters and you can use an electric kettle to boil water. Also, the coffee grounds that are used in the french press are compostable in case you have decided to take on composting as a part of your sustainable lifestyle. You can also purchase a french press at Amazon here.
Choosing to live a sustainable and green lifestyle can seem daunting, but by taking small steps to living green you are affecting the environment in measurable ways. Try out these different techniques and transform your morning beverage routine!