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Bamboo Fibre Coffee Cup: a Better Solution for our Earth
Before the 90s, we mainly drank filter coffee. But since then, capsules and pods have invaded our kitchens. But, between filter coffee and capsules, what is the best solution to preserve our planet?
The second most drunk drink in France after water, coffee attracts 90% of the world’s population. As coffee drinkers, do you know which type of preparation is the most environmentally friendly? Is the packaging of our coffee the only parameter to take into account to preserve the environment? Do capsules really have a larger ecological footprint than filter coffee? We enlighten you.
Coffee filter or capsule?
The subject on the capsules is often debated around the coffee machine. Should we remove them, opt for aluminum capsules that are recyclable or other more or less biodegradable materials? The filter coffee seems a priori more ecological. Yet making coffee with an electric filter coffee maker mainly generates a higher footprint than coffee capsules. The reason is a greater use of water, coffee and the fact that the coffee maker stays much longer.
The capsules as for them if they are sorted then recycled have a smaller footprint. According to Tristan Lecomte *, “the average carbon footprint of a cup of filter coffee is around 120 grams of Co2 equivalent, a coffee capsule around 100 grams. ”
What coffee to preserve the planet?
Filter coffee is the most environmentally friendly method of preparation, but only if you heat only the necessary water and drink the whole coffee machine. The coffee in capsule meanwhile will have to be recycled if it is in aluminum either by depositing the capsules in a point of deposit or throwing them in the yellow bin.
But, whatever the coffee chosen, filter or coffee, it is better to choose brands committed to the fight against global warming and the reduction of their environmental and social footprint (organic coffee, fair trade coffee).
Coffee culture, the true ecological footprint
The coffee growing method most impacts the ecological balance of a coffee. Thus the footprint will be catastrophic if the coffee was produced on deforested land to plant it or if it has been treated with fertilizers or pesticides. In the worst case, coffee cultivation is responsible for nearly 70% of the environmental burden of a cup of coffee and in the best case of barely one percent.