Coffee - does it have to be so harmful?

Coffee cup, pen and paper

Coffee has indirect environmental impacts throughout it's supply chain - however you can start making a difference with a few small changes to your lifestyle!

Non recyclable coffee cup

The cup.

An Environmental Audit Committee report indicates that “2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away each year in the UK […] less than 1 in 400 – just 0.25% – are recycled.”

Wow - to think that we could stop the production of 2.5 billion coffee cups, simply by switching to a greener eco-friendly alternative, such as a reusable coffee cup.

Despite what you may think, disposable coffee cups are not actually 100% recyclable. 

Though they are made largely of paper, disposable coffee cups are lined with plastic polyethylene (also referred to as PET), which is tightly bonded to the paper making the cups waterproof and therefore able to contain liquid.

This means cups cannot be recycled at standard recycling plants, the disposable coffee cup must then be taken to special facilities to be recycled.

For a comparison, there are 83 standard recycling plants in the UK and of those 83, only 3 of these plants are able to recycle disposable coffee cups.

 Used coffee filter

The filter

A key part of making an amazing coffee using the over method, is using a filter to trap the beans. However, filters can be environmentally problematic!

Many people use paper filters, which are then discard after a single use. As well as creating waste volume, many paper filters are bleached with chlorine or oxygen. Oxygen is more environmentally friendly than chlorine, but it’s still a chemical process with waste products. So, consider using unbleached filters or switching to a reusable one!

Therefore we recommend checking out our coffee filters, which are the same size as Nespresso capsules for easy use! Click here to find out more!


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