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Drinks

Everything that we drink is an essence of water - the elixir of life.

But the 'package' we drink it in comes in many forms that often have unhealthy consequences for all life - for our's as much as the planet's.

The world is addicted to coffee, so let's explore that a little further.

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WATER

Water helps to sustain all life on earth, however we spend a lot of time turning it into things like soft drinks, beer, wine, slurpies, tea and coffee...

What effect is that having on our health and the earth's resources?

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COFFEE

Coffee growing was all fine and beautiful until the world went ballistic for cappuccinos and macchiato. Corporations descended and moved the once-sustainable crop onto de-forested plains to grow as a monocrop.

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CUP

Café’s hand over billions of single-use plastic cups with lids. People buy pods for their machine at home. One leading coffee pod company proudly says that it has sold over 28 billion capsules so far... 

Can that be a good thing?


Coffee

Drink your Coffee...

  • Australians drink between 8 and ten cups per week.
  • More than half of Australians go to a café regularly.
  • Thirty-six percent own their own coffee machine.
  • Four to five cups per day will halve your risk of getting Parkinson’s disease.
  • Coffee offers protection against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and lowers the rate of depression among women.

But is coffee ruining the earth?

In short, yes... 

Coffee growing was all fine and beautiful until the world went ballistic for cappuccinos and macchiato. Corporations descended and moved the once-sustainable crop onto de-forested plains to grow as a monocrop.

Aside from deforestation, coffee leaves a heavy carbon footprint due to the thousands of miles that it’s shipped around the world. Café’s hand over billions of single-use plastic cups with lids. People buy pods for their machine at home. Leading coffee pod company Nespresso proudly says that it has sold 28 billion capsules so far.

But there are ways that you can green our planet with your coffee in hand!

Make these 5 small changes!

1. Buy organic and fair trade coffee. Look for shade-grown coffee at über trendy joints. If you listen carefully, this coffee can hum the songs of Gaia.

2. Avoid coffee giants! These are the doofuses who de-forest, erode, and poison the soils of plantations. Find café’s who source their coffee beans from small, private farms.

3. Bring your own coffee cup! Want to avoid plastic and unnecessary landfill? Buy a keep cup and loudly share with coffee shop patrons that you are the solution!

4. Avoid stirring sticks. A tree lost its life and a hole in the ground and will fill faster because someone needs to stir in their sugar for 5 seconds. Ask to borrow a metal spoon from the cafe.

5. And don’t even think about buying Kobi Luwak coffee – brewed using beans that were eaten and poo’d out by a poor, trapped tree animal - if you care for animal welfare.

References

http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/5470-brew-crew-australias-heaviest-coffee-drinkers-201403060304

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/drink-up-health-benefits-of-coffee-are-numerous/

http://www.ecocaffe.com.au/news/3-million-pods-a-day/