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You’re Drinking Sustainability in Your Morning Cup of Joe

Thanks for checking in for Week 2 of my new series about harnessing approachable methods of sustainability within our homes. For those of you following along on Instagram, you may know already that I am far from an expert in this realm, only a concerned citizen looking to do my best for our ailing planet. It is also my aim to present these ideas to you with a great deal of approachability, and it is my hope that you will add to the commentary in comments section, via email, on Instagram, etc. I am always looking for ways to do better, too. Lastly, I promise to not feed you the obvious. We all know recycling is bad, and that blasting our air conditioners at 64 degrees all summer long is frowned upon. What I want you to walk away with from these posts is a host of new, unpredictable ways you can help save our planet. I promise these posts will be SHORT, and the advice will be EASY TO IMPLEMENT. Also, be sure to click all bold links to take you to products and/or articles mentioned.

coffee station at Casa Pearce

This week it’s all about that cuppa Joe! Many of us start our days off with a steaming cup of the good stuff, and there are some obvious, and not so obvious ways we can tap into the eco-friendly powers of our cup of coffee. I’m going to start with a short list of the obvious:

  1. If you don’t brew at home, be sure to take a reusable stainless steel canister to your barista each morning. I forget often, but the more we remember, the more green our planet will be. Our favorite is the Yeti Rambler.
  2. Encourage your local coffee shop to switch to Compostable Coffee cups. My brother owns three coffee shops, and I always feel relieved that his customers are walking out the door with these compostable cups each morning.
  3. Be mindful of where your coffee is sourced from. Supporting coffee farms that embrace sustainable farming practices is one of the most powerful ways we can impact our environment through our coffee drinking habits. Counter Culture sets a great example. Read more here.

Now, let’s chat about those LESS obvious ways we can make a difference with our favorite beverage. Most people brew their coffee at home in the morning, and there are several steps that are taken to complete that process. One of the first things we do is set up the filter. And this is such an easy switch to make if you haven’t already, but using compostable coffee filters is a super simple way to be easy on the environment. The link I have provided is for #2 filters, which fit most at-home coffee machines.

compostable filters linked here

Ok, our coffee is done, we’ve poured our cup and we’re cleaning up before we sit down to enjoy. STOP RIGHT THERE. Before you toss that compostable filter in the trash, you may want to think twice. Coffee grounds are one of the most potent plant fertilizers around, especially for azaleas, roses and blueberries. This article is a tremendous resource for the best ways (and the best plants) to sprinkle those grounds around the garden, or even on certain house plants.

harness the power of your coffee grinds!

Thanks for tuning in this week and I hope you’ll stay tuned for this ongoing series. Beginning next week, I will provide a checklist on each post for each item that is mentioned, and please be sure to subscribe to the blog to have each post delivered directly to your inbox.

Until next week!


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A Climate Conscious Home

I don’t know about you, but I can remember the very day I realized our planet was f*&*ed. I was sitting at the beach, getting a little too tan and sipping from a plastic water bottle when I read that Elon Musk had made the colonization of Mars the primary focus of Space X. “Surely, why would mankind’s second smartest brain decide to pour all of his efforts into Mars when so much work is needed to save our Earth?” Then my mind shifted to the dire predictions of mankind’s first smartest brain, Stephen Hawking. And from there my mind just shifted to ALLLL the dark places.

I’ve since decided, after many a bleak night ruminating over our impending doom, that Elon Musk is a narcissistic depressive who would rather focus on fulfilling his boyhood dreams of colonizing a hostile planet than focus on the more arduous, and certainly less self-fulfilling, task of nursing our blue planet back to health. UP YOURS, ELON.

So where am I going with all of this doomsday talk, you ask?

Donegal, Ireland. Traveling always serves as an important reminder of what is at stake.

Like nearly all of us, I’ve felt helpless and depressed over our miraculous planet’s bleak diagnosis. I’ve spent a lot of nights not sleeping and some days hardly eating. “My brain has 1/100th of the brainpower of these men and women who seem to have given up,” I would think. I have little expendable income to make monetary donations, and my own personal efforts to buy used, recycle, drive electric, and reduce my overall carbon footprint feel futile.

Then I read about Greta Thunberg.

Greta gracing the cover of TIME

Greta is young. She lacks money, formal education, off-the-charts intellect, and powerful connections. By all intents and purposes, she has none of the things that I had presupposed one would need to make any kind of impact at all on, well, the world’s most pressing issue. But, I’ve learned a lot from Greta. When first reading about her climate change platform, it is difficult to not see her youth and dismiss her as a kumbaya-singing little girl whose naivete has gone sadly unchecked. But then you read on and realize her youth is her greatest asset. Because with youth comes hope. And hope is exactly what we need more of.

I’ve decided to join Greta.

I may not have nearly the platform she has to speak from, but just like Greta I’m starting this journey with no money, a laptop, and a little bit of hope. I’ve decided to join the resistance and shirk my seemingly unwavering devotion to my personal depression. Sure, our species has never before surmounted a problem of such impossible proportions. But, until recently, I also thought Greta Thunbergs to be about as real as the Lochness Monster. And if Honey Boo Boo can steal the national spotlight, surely anything is possible.

Adara, Ireland. An at-risk location to global sea level rises.

I will be starting this journey with blogs pertaining to home decor. Each week, I will highlight a way in which we can reduce our carbon footprints within our homes, and will also offer a way in which we can get involved in the fight against climate change. This week, I want to bring your attention to Let’s Fund, a group using Effective Altruism to vet the different charities and programs that are focused on fighting climate change. I came across this program while reading an important article regarding the vital role of innovation (vs. the deployment of current technologies) in our fight against climate change. If you have any extra change in your pocket, making a donation through Let’s Fund will help the people with the brainpower of Elon Musk, but the altruism of Malala Yousafzai, make important strides toward effective innovations that, very well, could save our planet.

Hey, if Honey Boo Boo can do the impossible, so can we.