superdumb supervillain: Live A Little - Baby Steps to Green with EkoBrew

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Live A Little - Baby Steps to Green with EkoBrew

I'd love to say I was a green and crunchy earth mama but that would be a pretty massive exaggeration. I do try, whenever possible, to recycle and compost and buy local. I think that being mindful of your actions and how they impact the world around us is important but I also know how nice convenience is to busy families. That's why this week's Live a Little post is about starting small.

I love my Keurig coffeemaker but I hate the wastefulness of throwing away a non-recyclable plastic filter pack filled with coffee grounds. I've actually dissected them before to compost the coffee, at least, and assuage my latent inner hippie. It is a major pain in the butt. I've tried some after-market filter doohickeys but they've been a massive hassle to clean and reuse since they have an inner filter and outer cup- you need to take them apart and clean all the pieces. Especially since I like iced coffee in warm weather, which requires a couple of shots of strong brewed coffee. Washing the filter and drying it and refilling it usually ends up with more coffee grounds going down the garbage disposal than into the compost pail.

I was thrilled to learn about a new design by Ekobrew that fits into the Keurig brewer's filter holder without an extra cup unit. It's BPA-free, features an integrated lid so it's just one piece to deal with, it's dishwasher safe and, most impressively, can be rinsed and reused immediately. All the grounds simply tap out into the compost pail, or you can rinse them out. Love that.

If you're even lazier than I am (which is hard to imagine but I won't judge you!), you might want to order a multi-pack so you can enjoy your coffee without waiting to rinse and reuse. There's an Ekobrew 4-pack on Amazon for $30, a good value for being able to use your own favorite fair trade coffee.

What baby steps are you taking towards a greener lifestyle?

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In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and the WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that I received a complimentary sample Ekobrew filter to facilitate this review. No compensation has been received and, as usual, all opinions are my own.


  1. I had never heard of these before! Very cool. You are so right.. small steps make a big difference when it comes to caring about environment.

  2. This is a great post. I am all for doing what we can and not beating up on people if they are not GREEN enough for you. I also love this little coffee doo hickey. I was just talking to a friend about how wasteful those little plastic throw away holders are.

  3. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I know what you mean about those throwaways so this is actually a good little gizmo. And having it in a multi-pack will really encourage its use once purchased.

  4. I love this, that is so much better for the environment.


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