How do you make your daily cup (or two or three cups) of coffee a little greener? Do you buy organic coffee? Take your own reusable mug to the coffee shop? Compost your grounds?


It’s estimated that Americans drink more than 300 million cups of coffee a day. Some sources put it at 350 million cups. That’s a lot of coffee. If everyone took measures to be more environmentally friendly with their habit, a lot of good could be done.

So today, on National Coffee Day, I thought I’d point you to some of the pieces from the MNN archives that will give you suggestions on how to green your coffee habits. Some of them you may already be practicing. Some of them may be new ideas to you. All of them are easy.

Coffee compost – Learn how to use coffee grinds as a fertilizer and a slug repellant.

Greening your coffee habit – 5 simple actions you can take to make your coffee drinking easier on the Earth.

A reusable filter for the single-serve coffee maker – Cut the waste that single-serve coffee makers create.

Kitchen recycling tip: Coffee cans – Reuse ideas for tin or plastic coffee cans.

Coffee for the birds – Your coffee could be endangering birds. Here’s how to make sure your coffee is “bird-friendly.” 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Happy National Coffee Day
As you enjoy your coffee on its official holiday, read up on some tips for keeping it green.