How can you help the environment by drinking coffee differently


Just imagine how many people drink takeaway coffee in your workplace, on the street, on public transportation, in a car etc. Let’s take a simple number:one million. Now imagine all the waste of these throwaway coffee cups made of paper and plastic. Did you imagine a huge hill? Chances are, you are right with your estimation on how big this pile is.

So why do we have get throwaway coffee cups instead of sitting down and actually enjoying our coffee and talking with our friends or colleagues? Since when quick caffeine intake is the single most important feature of a coffee?
Just about fifty years ago there were dozens of small coffee places in Budapest, mostly with live music. Today you’ll have to look hard to find live music (in some evenings at Lado café) and there are many places where you can’t really sit down to enjoy your coffee.
I recommend that you try this: sit down in a nice coffee place after your lunch and just relax and talk with your colleagues instead of rushing back to your workplace. We did this with my colleagues for years and I can assure you that it’s beneficial for you and your company too. If you do it with colleagues about half of the time you’ll be talking about work.
You are lucky if you actually have drinkable coffee at your workplace, although most people have surprisingly low requirements for the quality and taste of the coffee. Regardless it’s always nice to change your environment and go out for a couple of minutes.
If you still decide to get your coffee in a big chain I ask you to please buy and bring your reusable cup. This way you do something for the environment and also save a little money for the company. Each cup matters in the long term.
I don’t say I wasn’t guilty, as I did take many coffee in plastic cups, if there was no alternative. However I made alternatives. There is a canteen near my workplace where they serve good quality coffee, so I used to go there. I don’t drink the coffee at my current workplace, however I was thinking since a long time how to brew my own coffee there. My girlfriend recommended a solution, as she already had a coffee machine which doesn’t require electricity or a stove. It’s called ROK coffee machine. It looks great and makes great coffee. I grind my coffee freshly.
The featured image is shared on Fortepan (Hungarian photo archive) licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence. Click here to view the original Astoria coffee house image from 1962 on Fortepan
Written by András Kapros
Business coach, well-being coach, aspiring master life coach | András is helping IT and creative professionals to transform their business idea into reality. After 15+ years of experience as a freelancer, and managing IT teams (Front-End, User Experience) in multi-cultural environments in Switzerland and Hungary he took the next step. He transformed his life as well as his career. In 2019 he started working as a business and well-being coach. His Master Life Coach Certification is in progress and will finish within this year. He started his youtube channel in 2020 producing one video per week on topics: entrepreneur mindset, getting unstuck, being efficient, increasing focus. He spent more than 3500 hours on studying personal development and productivity. He wrote and published his first self-help book from scratch in three months. He loves mountain biking, snowboarding, and he is vegan.