How to Brew a Greener Cup of Coffee

By EatingWell Editors, "Conscious Coffee," March/April 2011

Expert tips on how to brew a sustainable cup of joe.

"I also have 5 cup coffee maker with a reusable filter. Nothing to throw out, except the used grounds which now add to my backyard garden! I make coffee for me mainly so only brew as little as I need! "

Skip the Plastic Pods

Skip the plastic pods. Until someone invents a biodegradable version, disposable coffee pods used in single-cup brewers add to landfill waste—so Stewart recommends avoiding them. Reusable pods are available but a little tricky to use. If you want to brew just a cup at a time with less waste, try a single-cup brewer.

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