Worldwide, it’s the second most consumed beverage after water. Worldwide, it’s the second most traded commodity after oil. These two statistics alone should give you a sense for the enormous impact coffee has on our lives, and thus our environment.
Here are a few ways to "green
" your cup of coffee this morning!
1. Home Brew: The best way to control the green-ness of your coffee is to home brew.
2. Learn eco-etiquette at Starbucks (or your local coffee shop): Did you know that you receive a $.10 discount on coffee at Starbucks for bringing your own mug? Talk about a latte factor - you could save $36 over the course of the year.
3. Buy local: Minimizing food miles is a good guideline whenever trying to green food or drink. Food miles are the distance the food traveled to reach you.
4. Buy fair trade: Fair Trade companies must meet rigorous standards for environmentally sound agricultural practices. They don't have to go so far as to be organic, but they do need to practice sustainable agriculture.
5. Waste not: As with all food and beverages, minimizing waste is important. Look for minimal and recyclable packaging on your coffee. Find a rocking mug you can use again and again!!