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Green Your Coffee Routine

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

Green Your Coffee Routine

A few years ago, I realized how my massive coffee consumption increased my environmental footprint because it used lots of water and energy, and created lots of food and paper waste. To green my coffee routine, I decided to evaluate where I could be more efficient and less wasteful. Easy, First Steps To A Green Coffee Routine The odds are good that you’re like me and over 100 million other Americans who need to kick-start our mornings with a cup or two (or ten?) of coffee. For those of us who get our fix at a local coffee shop or at the office, the java is likely to come in a single use cup. It’s estimated Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam and 23 billion paper cups every year. That’s 23 pounds of trash, per person. Trips to the local coffee shop are a dangerously easy way to create a ton of waste. At the time I was assessing my routine, I was working from home a lot. Sometimes, to get out of the house, I went to work at a local coffee shop. By default, the baristas assumed I was getting my coffee to go and would put it in a paper cup, with a plastic lid, and a paper insulated sleeve. Since I planned on being there for several hours and drinking several cups of coffee, I started to ask them for a ceramic mug. For days when I was going into the office, I had a reusable coffee mug that the barista would fill. It’s pretty common for coffee shops to give you a discount when you use a ceramic mug or bring your own to-go container, and my local shop is no different. So, as an added bonus, I was saving money. Make An Eco-friendly Cup Of Coffee At Home For times when I did stay at home, I needed to change how I made coffee. Keurig machines have become all the rage and, I’ll be honest, it was very tempting to get one. Even though the coffee is only good, not great, they are extremely easy to use, really fast, don’t require any clean-up, and K-cups come in a variety of roasts and flavors. However, the waste is just too much. Most K-Cup pods are not recyclable or compostable, and refillable pods are only available for first generation machines. The negative environmental impact of the K-cup even has John Sylan, the Keurig machine’s inventor, regretting his invention. Coffee connoisseurs favor the French press for making the best tasting coffee, and so do I. This method takes a little more time and effort than a using a drip coffee maker, but here is what I love about the French press from a sustainability perspective: It doesn’t require any paper filters, reducing my paper product consumption and the packaging it comes in. You measure precisely the amount of water and coffee grounds you need, so there is no waste. Unlike automatic drip coffee makers, there is...

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An Eco-Friendly Men’s Shaving Routine (No Beard Required)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 2 comments

An Eco-Friendly Men’s Shaving Routine (No Beard Required)

For years, I talked about wanting to change my shaving habits because I was tired of paying almost $4 per cartridge for the Mach insert-some-absurd-number-here refills. On top of that, I spoiled myself by buying shaving gel instead of shaving cream, which worked so much better for me that I couldn’t go back. But a can of men’s shaving gel was three times more expensive than the shaving cream and only lasted half as long. I needed to make a change, and although it was cost that got me motivated it was a very green thing to do too. Shaving Razors: Cut-Throat Straight vs Double-Edge Safety Cheap disposable razors are so uncomfortable that I think it would be less painful to pull out each hair individually with tweezers. Electric shavers are less painful but, over the years, I’ve come to enjoy the close shave that comes with blades. Plus, I didn’t want to invest almost $100 in an electric model to find out that I didn’t like it. I first looked into the cut-throat straight razor. This is just cool. It really can’t get any more badass than wielding a deadly weapon near one’s jugular. Plus, it gives the closest shave and it’s an environmentally friendly option since a high quality razor can last a lifetime.  I could say good-bye to wasteful disposable cartridges and their plastic packaging. After doing some research, I decided that the up-front cost was worth the savings in the long run. When I finally set out to buy my own straight razor the sales associate at the shaving store convinced me that it wasn’t such a great idea. He informed me that, even after I actually got the hang of it, I would need about 45 minutes each time I shaved. Face-prep with a hot towel and  pre-shave lotion, surgically slow strokes, and lathering up between each of the multiple passes are requirements for each shave. While this approach works for some people, I’m not a morning person. To wake up that much earlier and wield a deadly weapon didn’t sound like a great idea to me. The sales associate suggested that I go for a double-edge safety razor instead. It gets almost as close as a straight razors but without the risk of severing any arteries and at less than half  the cost of a quality cut-throat. While the routine for a safety razor is similar to the cut-throat, the shaving strokes can be much faster and longer, making the actual shaving time a fraction of what it is with a straight razor. This option also provides environmental advantages. Replacement blades are needed for a safety razor, but it’s possible to recycle used blades. The packaging is substantially smaller than traditional cartridges, and the blades can cost just pennies a piece when purchased in bulk. For me, they also last longer than the thin multi-blade cartridges. A Better Lather: Use A Shaving Brush And Shaving Soap The last piece to the puzzle was the lather, which I actually...

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