In the UK, we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee per day. All that coffee waste can harm the environment if not disposed of correctly. Luckily, there are several ways you can make your coffee drinking more sustainable whether you buy coffee at a café or brew it yourself.
Get a reusable cup
If you buy your coffee at a café, bring your own reusable coffee cup like a Keep Cup or another great brand of reusable cups. Another good way to reduce your waste is to avoid single-use coffee stirrers, sealed sugar packets and mini milk cartons when buying coffee at a café. Lastly, you can ask for drinks to be served in china rather than disposable cups if not taking away.
Make eco-friendly coffee at home
If you prefer to make coffee yourself at home, you also have ways to improve your java footprint.
Drip coffee machines can be eco-friendly because the filters that are used in the machine are almost always made of biodegradable paper. An added benefit is the ability to make a whole pot from just one filter.
The French press is another sustainable way to brew your own coffee. Simply add some ground coffee and boiling water, allow to sit for a few minutes, and then press the plunger down. You will then have a cup of fresh coffee made without any use of plastics. If you are worried about the bags, we have a Zero Waste Box for those.
Recycle your coffee capsules
If the brewing of your own coffee leaves you with waste that you don’t know how to get rid of properly, TerraCycle has some great opportunities for you to recycle the waste. You can recycle your coffee related waste with one of our free programmes or our Zero Waste Box solution.
Tassimo & L’OR
Together with Tassimo, TerraCycle has created a free recycling programme for Tassimo’s T-DISCs, outer packaging, L’OR capsules, Kenco Eco Refill packs and coffee jar lids. Collection points have been set up at more than 150 public locations across the UK by dedicated volunteers who also run the programme and coordinates the collections.
The volunteers make sure that the collected Tassimo waste is sent to TerraCycle for recycling to raise money for donations to charities. Once the Tassimo packaging has been collected and send to TerraCycle, the Tassimo T-DISCs, foil wraps, L’OR capsules, Kenco Eco Refll packs and coffee jar lids are cleaned and shredded into smaller pieces. This will in turn be melted into pellets that can be remoulded to make new products like park benches and watering cans.
The Tassimo programme is currently at capacity, but to find your nearest public drop-off location please click here.
Coffee Bags Zero Waste Box
TerraCycle offers a wide selection of Zero Waste Boxes that can be purchased in different sizes. These boxes provide an easy and sustainable way for you to recycle different kinds of waste. All you have to do is to choose the Zero Waste Box that fits your recycling needs.
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Making recycling easy for you ❤️ If your council can’t recycle our packaging… It looks like we might have found a recycling solution for both our tea and coffee bags! For ages it's been a bit of a bug bear because no matter how we try to minimize our packaging waste and cost, the stumbling block was always about the freshness of our products. Other packaging that we tried just didn't work as well and because it seemed too much of a compromise to reduce the freshness, we didn't change. But, Ta Da! We are trialling a solution provided by @terracycleuk In their words " TerraCycle is a highly-awarded and globally recognized recycling company that develops zero waste solutions for difficult-to-recycle waste streams. " Essentially, we pay them to give us a big cardboard box which we fill with our used bags; we send the box back and they then have it sorted and, apparently, our bags will be turned into small pellets that can be moulded and turned into recycled products instead of being sent to landfill. It's not an ideal solution but it does feel like a step in the right direction and better than anything else we have tried. We shall see how it works in practice. Got to say that it's not a cheap solution for us either but we will test it out and, fingers crossed, it will be viable. Of course, that means that we will be putting all of our used and empty bags in the box….. and you can now do the same. You can drop off (or post to us) all used and empty Tugboat Tea or Tugboat Coffee bags and we will pop them in the box for recycling. Basically if you got the bag from us you can return it to us. @visittruro @tea_tourist @wogancoffee @secrettruro @bbcearth @bbcnews @pirate_fm @cornwalltoday @cornwalllive
For coffee drinkers we have the Coffee Bags Zero Waste Box. By recycling using this box, you can prevent your coffee related waste from going to landfills by recycling any brand or size of coffee refill bags, jar lids, coffee bean bags and coffee sticks. When the waste has been collected and send to us, we will make sure it gets recycled.