Hot coffee is the lifeblood of any office, but ineffective brewing and outdated equipment are the enemies of a greener workplace. If you want to save big while going green, don’t pour cold coffee down the drain or kick wasteful products to the curb. Discover greener options for brewing the all-important office coffee so you can enjoy a guilt-free cup while taking steps toward environmental responsibility.
Brew on the Green Side With Airpots and Thermal Carafes
Change your habits! It’s not a good idea to waste cups of leftover coffee from every pot you brew. Invest in a greener coffee maker for the office. An airpot coffee brewer is a great option to keep your java hot for hours since it uses insulation technology rather than electricity. Choose one with an insulated vacuum pump for easy dispensing. Another option is a thermal coffee maker that pours your fresh-brewed coffee directly into an insulated carafe.
Can't afford to part with the standard coffee maker in your office? You can still brew green. Rather than spending needless electricity keeping coffee warm on its heat plate, transfer the java to a high-quality thermal carafe immediately after brewing.
For a greener breakroom, brewing large quantities at a time is the way to go. However, if you have a small workplace, you may want to go green with a single-serve coffee maker. Simply invest in refillable coffee pods to reduce waste. To keep that fresh, single-serve taste, store bulk coffee in an airtight container. Not only is this option environmentally responsible, but it offers plenty of green value when you’re on a tight budget.
Cut Waste With Reusable Products
Tired of buying and throwing away an endless supply of disposable coffee cups? Start a Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) campaign at the office, putting up posters in the breakroom to remind employees to bring a ceramic or travel mug from home. Provide cupboard space to store their coffee mugs, and place biodegradable soap and a drying rack by the sink for easy washing at the end of the day. Be sure to provide a few disposable cups made of recycled paper until people have adjusted to the transition, or invest in a few office mugs for they can use for free.
If you want to cut even more coffee-break waste, trade paper coffee filters for a permanent metal filter. This economic option produces a bolder cup since it doesn't remove the natural oils of the coffee. If employees don't like the slight flavor change, however, you can always opt for unbleached, biodegradable filters.
Green Brewing Supplies for Your Office Coffee
Small coffee supplies such as stir sticks and sugar packets can add up to big waste, not to mention unnecessary spending. For a greener option, provide clean metal spoons for stirring the coffee, or go for eco-conscious wooden stir sticks. You can also place a note by the coffee pot reminding people that pouring creamer and sugar in the cup before adding the hot coffee should mix things up enough, eliminating the need for stirring.
Give your coffee additions a green makeover! Rather than providing individual sugar packets and creamer pods, buy larger containers. A creamer with a pump bottle is just as convenient as using individual pods, and you can recycle the bottle when it’s empty. Also, place a recycling bin next to the coffee station and remind everyone by pointing out the recyclable coffee products and accessories.
Finally, make a compost from the coffee grounds to finish greening out your workplace coffee routine. Does anyone in the office keep a garden? Ask them if they'd like to take the grounds home at the end of the day. With everyone working together, a greener office is never out of reach.
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