I’m always looking for ways to lessen my footprint on the earth, and one way I’ve found is to switch from paper coffee filters to more sustainable bamboo coffee filters or to a reusable mesh filter.
Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that quickly re-grows after being cut down, the bane for many gardeners in tropical climes where it can be an invasive species, but the boon for those interested in sustainability. Bamboo fibers are being used for everything from sustainable flooring to soft, beautiful textiles to unbleached coffee filters.
Switching to bamboo coffee filters can save a lot of trees in the long run, trees that are being sacrificed just to make our morning cup of joe. Bamboo coffee filters are unbleached, saving both you (the drinker) and the environment from contamination from chlorine and bleach chemicals. It’s a win-win.
A metal re-usable filter is great for the environment and cleans easily. My only complaint with mine is that the mesh isn’t quite fine enough so I end up with a fine powder of coffee in every cup.