Contribution from Madison Adams
It is no secret that our planet isn’t in the best shape. The poles’ protective ice is melting, there’s a hole in the ozone layer, and no one can figure out quickly enough how to replace CO2- producing cars. As more people become aware of the less-than-ideal state of our environment, Earth’s more savvy inhabitants are finding creative ways to reduce their footprint.
Adapting new ways to care for mother Earth can also help your morning coffee to survive for many years to come. Due to climate change, many coffee producing countries have been dealing with lack of rain which affects the production of coffee, this is because in countries like Guatemala, the crops depend only on rain to survive.
Coffee farmers around the country have noticed how the coffee cycle has changed and, many are abandoning their crops to dedicate to other kind of jobs to sustain their family necessities.
That is why we have come with a short and easy list of ways you can help the planet and, be the greenest person around while you enjoy a nice cup of specialty coffee.
1. Rechargeable batteries
Batteries are an integral part of modern lives, but many people don’t realize how bad batteries are for the planet. They have a relatively short usage period, and end up in landfills where the toxic chemicals seep into the soil and water. There are ways to recycle batteries, but that also requires energy.
Rechargeable batteries are like reusable water bottles. Once they die, you can recharge them in a short period of time without adding to the trash. The Wire Cutter reports that after years of testing, they’ve found that rechargeable batteries cost less than 5 cents over their usage period. While they require energy to re-charge, it is not nearly to the scale that buying, using, and trashing single-use batteries is.
2. Alternative fibers
Fast fashion and industrialization have created a market for synthetic and cheaply-grown fibers. The way these products are being farmed, though, strips the soil of its nutrients. Manufacturers have started to use fabrics made from hemp, linen, and bamboo as a more durable and sustainable alternative.
Hemp in particular is useful. On top of textile production, it can be used in concrete, food, bedding materials… the list goes on. No wonder it’s been called the plant with 50,000 uses! The plant was legalized in the US for growth in October 2018, and since then, its production has taken off. Be on the lookout for hemp products across all markets.
3. Self-filtering water bottles
Re-usable water bottles are nothing new in the world of sustainability. They are great for eliminating your need for plastic water bottles that come with the environmental impacts of production, transportation, and disposal. However, some people are taking it one step further and eliminating their need for the energy that filters water.
These water bottles are made by multiple brands, but they all filter out things like sediments and bacteria. These are great for outdoor adventurers, or even people who travel to areas where the tap water is suspect. They’re also a cool way to prove to your friends that you can drink even the grimiest of water.
4. Eat less meat
Meat production has a shocking amount of adverse effects on the environment. Animal farming produces more greenhouse gasses than all transportation globally, starting with the waster needed to grow crops for animals to eat, the methane cows emit, and transportation costs after the animal is slaughtered.
Reducing meat consumption will have positive effects on the environment and, your heart will be healthier. Organic all-natural substitutes for protein are good options and easy to find. A few options are locally-grown organic beans and tofu.
5. Reuse, Reuse, Reuse!
The creation of new products, not matter how small, adds pollution to the environment. Emissions from producing the materials, assembly, and transportation have all become detrimental to the Earth with the consumer-centric culture we have adopted.
An easy way to combat this (and save money!) is to reuse and refurbish products. Just because styles change and things aren’t as brand new as they used to be doesn’t mean that they can’t have a purpose. This is also a great way to find unique products that no one else has, like a well-loved dresser from 40 years ago.
Save mother Earth one bean at the time by sharing these tips with family and friends, because, Earth is the only place you will find coffee.
Following all of these suggestions may seem like a daunting task, but just picking even one to start with can make an important impact. There’s no doubt too that your dirt-filtering water bottle will always be a great conversation-starter.