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How to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Coffee

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It's no doubt that coffee can save your sanity, but did you know it can also help save the world? In honor of Earth Day, we're reviewing all of the environmentally friendly ways you can use java. Take these tips for celebrating the holiday and adding some green to your morning brew.

Make Your Coffee at Home
Making coffee in the comfort of your home has its perks. For one, you can get your caffeine fix the moment you step out of bed. Plus, you're in total control of its taste - meaning no hidden fattening additives or syrups. In addition to all of that, it's better for the environment. You're likely skipping the paper cup and using the coffee beans to their full potential, which translates to less waste and a healthier earth. Try out the Mr. Coffee® 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker + Hot Shot Station, which can prepare coffee, tea and instant meals in minutes.

Skip the cup; save the world.Skip the cup; save the world.

Use Refillable Cups
An eclectic mug collection is necessary for a number of reasons, with the main one being the environment. Rather than reach for a paper cup to pour your coffee into, choose a mug. It may seem like a small act, but it can add up over the years - especially if everyone shared that same mindset. Invest in a top-notch travel mug for when you're drinking on the go. It's so much better than a paper cup with a cover. Some travel mugs keep in warmth longer than paper or plastic, meaning you'll extend the life of your morning brew.

Coffee grinds make great fertilizer.Coffee grinds make great fertilizer.

Put Old Coffee Beans to Use
Just as coffee seems to breathe life into you when you're exhausted, it can have a similar effect on plants. Old coffee beans make for some of the best fertilizer. Add a cup to your dying plants to rejuvenate them, or just plant fresh flowers and produce with some coffee beans tucked into the surrounding dirt. Doing so will naturally fertilize them and even help repel pests.

Recycle Coffee
One should never throw away perfectly good coffee. If you often find yourself brewing too much java, simply scale it back a bit. If there's still a surplus in coffee, try keeping it in the fridge and indulge in a cup of iced coffee the next morning. You can also use it as a hair conditioner or face wash for vibrant hair and skin.