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Zero Waste Coffee and Tea

By Fredrica Syren:

Coffee and tea are a big part of my daily routines. I usually have a cup of tea or coffee next to me as I work or play with my kids. It used to be that I would pick up a cup of coffee or tea from Starbucks throughout the day, but these days I try to make my cup of warm beverage less wasteful, even zero waste. Not only has it saved me lots of money and time (no more standing in line at the coffee place), but it also makes me happy that my choice is saving the planet.

To make zero waste coffee and tea, brewing your own at home is a most effortless and sustainable choice. To produce less waste, be sure to make only single servings of coffee or tea if it’s just for you. Brewing a pot of coffee or tea may result in extra coffee, filters and grounds that ultimately end up being dumped into the trash.

Buy in bulk—Buy coffee in bulk in the U.S. because coffee is one of the products most available in bulk form. Make sure the coffee you buy is fair trade and organic. To make it zero waste, bring your own bag or jar to avoid having to use a wasteful paper or plastic bag. For tea, make sure to skip bagged tea and go for bulk. Tea can be more tricky to find in bulk, but there are tea stores around the country selling tea in volume. When I run across them, I tend to stock up. You can also buy organic tea in bulk online.

If, like me, you enjoy herbal tea, another option is to either grown your own or forage for wild herbs to make it.



Bring your coffee or tea to go—If you are used to bringing your coffee or tea on the go, then invest in a nonplastic, reusable car cup. That way, you can still brew at home.

Brew zero waste—For my tea I use a plastic free tea strainer, and for coffee I use a stainless steel French press. But you can also use a coffee maker and a reusable coffee filter.

Zero waste coffee and tea practice does not end there. Make sure to compost leftover coffee grounds and tea leaves. There are also many different uses for leftover coffee grounds and you can read more about that here.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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