Biodegradable Coffee Filters – Enjoy Your Joe and Help the Planet

Posted by: Mike Rocha on


Everybody is “Going Green” these days; it’s all the rage everywhere you look. For some, it seems like the impossible has happened: it’s now “cool” to be eco-friendly. We’re all recycling and trying to do our best to reduce our carbon footprint. The Green movement has even hit the coffee market in the form of biodegradable coffee filters. While all paper filters down through the years have been biodegradable to an extent, the biodegradable filters of today take far less time to break down and have a far less detrimental effect on the environment.

Gold Permanent Filters vs. Biodegradable Disposable Filters

Many Cuisinart coffeemakers (and coffeemakers form other manufacturers) come packed with gold mesh permanent coffee filters that you can simply dump and wash out when you are done with your coffee. While this is great for the environment, in that you are not buying tons of coffee filters and wasting energy, etc., these filters are not ultimately biodegradable because they are partially made of plastic. While they may possibly be recyclable, if they end up in a landfill they are going to be there for centuries.

Biodegradable disposable paper filters, on the other hand, can end up in a landfill and they will break down quickly. People have taken and interest in these filters because:

  • They break down quickly in landfills
  • They are made without toxins that can harm the environment
  • As an added bonus, this lack of toxins makes for better-tasting and healthier coffee

As you can see, there really is no reason not to be biodegradable coffee filters. In fact, these days it’s hard to find coffee filters that do not proudly fly the biodegradable banner. Even the most pedestrian, generic coffee filters carrying the name brand of your local supermarket are probably labeled as biodegradable. So there’s no use in fighting this revolution!

Going Further

You can go even further if you want to be a little more eco-friendly with your coffee filters – and enjoy some better-tasting coffee as well! You’ve probably seen the brown filters at the supermarket alongside the everyday white ones and wondered what the difference was. Well, the difference is a little deeper
than just the color, though that plays a part. The difference is that the white filters are bleached to be that color. That perfect white tone does not occur often in nature, but it is associated with cleanliness so that just how it’s always been.

White filters, while biodegradable, will carry that bleach with them to the landfill. The bleach will then leach into the earth. If you multiply this by the millions of other white coffee filters that end up in landfills you have a serious problem. We have to keep such chemicals out of the soil and water table at
all costs for our own good. It’s just common sense.

As you can see, it’s the little things we do everyday that make a difference. By changing your habits, you can do your part to preserve our environment for future generations.

About the Author: Mike Rocha is an engineer from Florida with a passion for food and the Cuisinart brand. As an engineer and hobbyist chef, he uses and stands by Cuisinart not just because of the name, but the ingenuity, quality and functionality that they represent. Being an electrical engineer who designs and develops medical imaging systems, Mike understands more than most what is necessary in creating these advanced appliances. Check out his website for reviews on Cuisinart 4-slice toasters and Cuisinart coffeemakers.