Single serve coffee cups have taken America by storm. When I first saw them several years ago, I thought: “Well, this is a wasteful fad that won’t last.” I was wrong. 25% of Americans now use them in their home or office. Then I swore we’d never be one of those families who bought a single-serve coffee machine; we were happy with our French press. I was wrong again — sort of. We didn’t buy the machine, but my husband received one as a gift. And, I admit, we both got kind of addicted.
I’m not an every day coffee drinker, but I like my weekend mug of joe. And I couldn’t help feeling guilty about tossing all those plastic cups afterwards. So I was thrilled to learn that Equal Exchange, that model of fair trade partnerships, has introduced environmentally friendly single serve coffee cups.
Steps To Sustainability
The cups are made with recyclable plastic (#5). When done brewing your coffee, simply tear off the aluminum foil top and recycle it. Empty the coffee grounds into your garden or compost, along with the filter, which is 88% compostable. Then rinse out and recycle the plastic cup. And don’t forget to recycle the cardboard boxes, too!
Sure, it takes a few steps. And, yes, it’s not as eco-friendly as brewing a pot of coffee. But with so many people turning to the single serve lifestyle, it’s nice to know there is a guilt-free option available. Equal Exchange’s cups are the most environmentally friendly single serve option currently on the market.
Even the coffee itself is eco-friendly. Did you know that the grounds are good for gardening? Yep, they act as green matter in the compost bin and, when added directly to the garden soil, coffee grounds provide nitrogen, which feeds certain vegetable plants, repels slugs and even represses some fungal diseases.
Fair Trade Flavor
Aside from the eco aspects of the recyclable cup, when you choose Equal Exchange coffee, you’re also getting organic, fairly traded, quality beans. Since 1986, the company has worked to develop relationships with small-scale farmers while promoting sustainable farming methods and fair working conditions. These relationships lead to an intimate knowledge of the coffee beans and a high standard of flavor for you.
Their single serve cups currently come in three flavors: Organic French Roast, Organic Breakfast Blend and Organic Unwind Decaf. I’ve tried all three and love ‘em! (Note : The cups are compatible with most Keurig-style machines, except Keurig 2.0® or the Vue®.)
You can go another step further in being eco-responsible by repurpose those single-serve cups. This post from Happy Hooligans offers 25 ideas for reuse, from frozen herb storage to holiday crafts.
Discounts and Giveaways: A Reason to Stock Up
Guess what? All Equal Exchange single serve coffee cups are now on sale through the Equal Exchange commerce website. Plus you get free shipping on orders over $25 through November 30, 2014 — use promo code FREE25. So stock up for your holiday guests! (Order must contain at least one box of single serve coffee with a minimum order of $25. Free shipping limited to within the contiguous United States. Limit one coupon per customer.)
The deals don’t stop there. Through November 17, 2014, you can enter this giveaway at Mambo Sprouts to win three packs (or 36 cups) of Equal Exchange single serve coffee . Three winners are chosen weekly, plus at the end of the giveaway, three more winners will receive Equal Exchange prize packs that include some of their other awesome products, like chocolate, nuts and dried fruit.
What are you waiting for?
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