It's time to wake up and smell the coffee: 6 zero waste coffee solutions
Coffee does not need to create any waste to taste delicious!
By Nina Thomas
In May 2017, People Design Lab asked people to nominate the most #designed4trash products and provide their ideas for more sustainable alternatives. Then, the top 3 projects with the most votes will receive their own campaigns. Believe it or not, coffee capsules were ranked third.
Many people think that coffee is an indispensable part of their daily lives. In fact, the world consumes 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day. This popular beverage has been remodeled and rethought many times, and the latest trend in the coffee world is disposable coffee capsules. They are popular because of their novelty and convenience, but the technology is very unsustainable from start to finish.
Unlike regular coffee, each coffee needs a plastic capsule to hold the contents. This requires the extraction of fossil fuels and energy to produce cups. These capsules can only be used in machines specifically designed for them, so the demand for these limited use coffee machines is also decreasing. Finally, the capsule is used once and then thrown away.
Many companies supplying these capsules, including Nescafe and Lavazza, believe that these capsules can be recycled. What they didn't mention is that in order to do this, organic ingredients must be removed, which can only be done with considerable effort. At the same time, not all facilities are equipped with equipment to recover these small fragments. "If it's not broken, don't fix it" This sentence may be an appropriate statement for this technology. For hundreds of years, traditional coffee making methods have served the world without a huge plastic footprint. Here are some alternative options-
6 ways to drink coffee in the morning with zero waste
1. Perhaps the least impactful of all coffee brewing methods is the French press. Just add some ground coffee and boiling water, let it sit for a few minutes, and then press the plunger to enjoy a cup of fresh and plastic-free coffee.
2. The drip coffee machine has a smaller footprint than a capsule, and the filter used is almost always made of biodegradable paper. The ability to make a whole tank with only one filter is an added benefit
3. For those who taste strong espresso, the trusted traditional espresso machine provides better flavor than any coffee capsule can dream of. This is done by pressing fresh coffee into a small holding device and then forcing hot water through it.
4. For more exotic flavors, try Turkish coffee. This style uses very fine coffee grounds, which are then stirred with boiling water and can be eaten without any filtering.
5. Some smart people actually designed a reusable pod specifically for the coffee capsule machine, so if you already own one, this is a good choice.
6. The traditional Italian method of making coffee at home, a stove top method to make delicious coffee with current waste. Only use the stainless steel Moka pot to make delicious coffee at home, which is guaranteed to be used for many years and easy to maintain.
Because of the absolute passion for coffee, there are indeed many different ways and options to make the perfect cup. So next time you go to drink coffee capsules, why not explore what else there is-the environment and your taste buds will definitely be better.
"Next time you go for a coffee capsule, why not explore the other things there-the environment and your taste buds will definitely be better."
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