Wednesday, July 1, 2020

CLEAN EARTH | Do You Love Coffee?

Small things can make a big difference.

Consider your humble cup of coffee, the world’s second-most valuable legal commodity after oil, with environmental and social impacts to match. Stir up some positive change by asking your barista and/or office manager to switch to organic and Fair Trade-labeled brands.

Then do your bit to reduce the energy and waste involved in producing transporting, and disposing of more than 1.9 million tons of paper and plastic cups and plates thrown away in the U.S. each year: use your own mug. You need to wash it, sure, but life cycle analysis shows that over its life of about 3,000 uses a mug is associated with 30 times less solid waste and 60 times less air pollution than the equivalent drinks in a disposable paper or foam cups.