Helping people make better choices is what we do! We want you to consider how green you are at work. Many offices have recycling programs, energy efficient lights, and other initiatives in place, but how green are we on our breaks throughout the day? Today we want you to clean up your tea or coffee break!
Many of us probably already use re-usable mugs, and if you don’t, that’s a great place to start! But have you considered skipping the individually packaged creams and sugars for larger sized options to avoid extra waste? Ditch the Keurig Cups or paper filtered coffee to a French Press to accommodate single servings or shared breaks! Another tip is to use loose-leaf tea instead of tea bags to save on paper and other resources. Also, ditch the plastic and wooden stir sticks and use a spoon instead. This avoids needless production, shipping, and waste of something only used for 5 seconds! When spoons aren’t viable uncooked linguine works like a charm, really! And of course, buy organic tea and coffee whenever possible.
This infographic is a also great visual guide on all the benefits of buying fair trade, and a great tool to use to spread the ethical message.
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We love the idea of cleaning up our coffee breaks, especially for all of the good it does for our planet!Did you know the number of Keurig-Cups sold in 2013 alone would wrap around the globe 10.5 times? And every year, billions of paper packets from sugar and other sweeteners, recyclable or not, end up in landfills. Also, nylon tea bags are not biodegradable, paper tea bags are treated with harsh chemicals, and almost all teabags contain plastic sealants that aren’t actually biodegradable. If you’re in the market for a portable loose leaf tea mug, check out Libre tea glasses.
We know that there are other ways to clean up our coffee and tea breaks at the office, and even more ways in which it’s beneficial for the environment. We’d love to hear your feedback and experiences! Can you influence or impact the rest of your office? Do you drink loose-leaf tea or organic coffee? Comment below and let us know how you make your breaks green!