The Upper Green Side Weekly Eco-Tip for July 31/August 1, 2010
(Available at the 92nd and 82nd St Greenmarkets, and archived online.)
Green Your Caffeine!
If you’re like us, you need a jolt of caffeine to start your day, especially after spending half the night awake on these hot summer nights. You already know to buy organic, fair trade, and shade grown coffee and tea, so this week we’re giving you another tip for making your daily cup eco-friendlier.
Boil Water Efficiently
Both tea and French-pressed coffee require hot water, so you’ll likely need a kettle. To use energy wisely, choose an electric one (metal, not plastic) instead of the more traditional stove-top model, and don’t boil more water that you’ll actually drink. Clean your kettle often to keep it efficient — boil a mixture of distilled white vinegar and water to oust lime and calcium deposits, then rinse.