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The Mindful consumer: Coffee

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

While becoming a 'Mindful Seller', I also became an increasingly Mindful Consumer. As someone obsessed with productivity and wellbeing, I wanted to share some hacks that help you shave time off your morning routine, create an enjoyable experience and support environmentally friendly practices. (...That sounds pretty productivity to me!)

We love our disposable products, because we don’t see what they create when we’re finished with them. Small changes come together to form big changes over a lifetime. Even minor daily adjustment to make our coffee eco-friendlier can create significant ripples across years and decades.

1. K-Cups

In 2015, Green Mountain Coffee Co. (Keurig) produced 10 billion K-Cups, meaning the trash from K-cups would circle the world 10.5 times. In just ONE year.

That statistic doesn’t even include Nespresso and other pod manufacturers.

But let’s be honest: K-Cups are also expensive, and I’ve never heard anyone rave about their K-cup brew. It’s sub-par coffee.

TIP: Stop using single use Pods and switch to French Press or usable filters.


Watch out! Most paper filters are chlorine-bleached full of dioxins. After use, they end up in landfills where they seep toxic chemicals into our water supply and growing plants.

TIP: Use French Press, stainless steel pour over cone or reusable filters to eliminate paper waste entirely, chlorine-free or not.

3.Reusable Cups

Each year, an estimated 600 billion paper and plastic cups are distributed globally.

Even Starbucks has failed to create a recyclable cup, which is made of 10% post-consumer goods. It takes about 20 years for the standard Starbucks cup to decompose.

Only 19 more years to go until the 600 billion cups thrown away this year decompose.

TIP: BYOC (bring your own cup). EVERYWHERE.

Are you interested in productivity hacks like this? Reach out to me to train your team or 1:1 coaching to learn the specific tools to integrate into your day for proven productivity and wellbeing.


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