Blogging The Green Guide: Three Steps to Reducing Kitchen Paper Waste

Blogging The Green Guide: Three Steps to Reducing Kitchen Paper Waste

Stephanie Kinnear
Dec 13, 2007

When we saw the headline of this article in National Geographic's Green Guide, we thought: We know, we know. Stop using paper towels!

But, actually, they surprised us. Their first suggestion had nothing to do with paper towels. It was a little less predictable than that.

1. Reuse your coffee filters.

Huh?

Visions of soiled, sopping wet coffee filters hanging to dry with our laundry danced through our heads.

That seems a little extreme, even to us.

But, no ... the people at Green Guide aren't advocating that we reuse our paper coffee filters, they're recommending reusable cone or basket filters -- which makes much more sense. Their first choice for a reusable coffee filter is actually a reusable hemp filter ($4.95) from Greenfeet.com.

We've been using bamboo cone filters ($3.99) from Melitta -- but reusable hemp is obviously an even greener option.

The question is -- how well do they work? And, how messy are they?

Has anyone out there tried reusable hemp coffee filters? We're curious ...

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