Coffee And Ecology
Coffee became an integral part of our life. We drink coffee in the morning, on the way to work, and in the evening in our favorite coffee shop. We like to grab a cup of hot coffee during the walk or a promenade.
Coffee is considered an environmentally-friendly product but is it true? Maybe you harm the planet when to drink coffee just as much as when you’re eating a double-burger or riding a car.
It is important to figure out how our consumption habits affect the planet to be an environmentally-conscious person. And now it’s time to get a closer look at a coffee cup.
Coffee is grown in humid and sunny areas just where rainforests grow. Vast rainforest areas had been devastated and cut down to free the place for coffee plantations which viciously harm the environment and biodiversity of South America.
Coffee requires expanded areas just like animal farms
This factor makes coffee a not so environmentally-friendly product as many people think. Coffee beans are exported abroad to the different corners of the world leaving a huge carbon footprint. Further processing, roasting, and refining into instant coffee cause numerous environmental problems. The soil is depleted, water polluted and many dangerous chemical compounds are released into the atmosphere during roasting.
Our consumption habits include an enormous amount of disposable plastic items such as coffee cups, sticks, spoons, napkins, and sugar sticks.
One coffeeshop emits around thirty thousand coffee cups annually not mentioning the rest of the wastage. Paper cups are covered with a thin layer of plastic which poisoning a person who drinks hot coffee out of them.
Besides, coffee ground enters the sewage system and ends up in the rivers polluting and poisoning animals and nature.
There are several companies that grow coffee in a natural way. But there’s only a few of them and such a final product costs much more than regular coffee.
How to reduce the environmental harm from your coffee intake?
You can take several measures to reduce the environmental harm from your coffee intake. First, you need to reject disposable cutlery such as single-use cups and plastic cutlery. You can bring your own reusable cup and get a special discount.
Some coffee-based beverages include milk and cream. Such drinks have a fifty times bigger carbon footprint than regular black coffee has. You better choose plant-based milk than regular dairy to lower the environmental impact.
Coffee isn’t a necessary part of our lifestyle but since it became so common and habitual we need to reconsider our attitude to this drink. Namely – our way of consumption.
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