My coffee and water would taste better without chemicals and plastic...
March 1, 2014 1:17 PM Subscribe
I want to:
1) Try to cut plastic out of my life, at least in coming into contact with beverages I consume.
2) Get my own coffeemaker for my house that doesn't have plastic.
3) Find a solution for drinking water that a) doesn't come in plastic or b) is filtered properly. My city has elevated levels of hexavalent chromium (or chromium 6, the stuff from Erin Brockovich) and Pur faucet filters or even Brita pitchers can't filter that out.
posted by AppleTurnover to Food & Drink (25 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
So I can't find any plastic free drip coffeemakers. All I've been able to find are stainless steel French presses. But then I would probably need to boil my water in a tea kettle or something first so it'd be hot. That is so many steps! (And if the kind of stainless steel they used isn't disclosed, I get to worry about that too). Is there not an automatic drip without plastic anywhere? I would need to probably use some sort of bottled or filtered water for brewing my coffee too if I don't want the chromium 6, too. I don't want to buy my coffee from a coffee shop everyday -- I am spending too much doing that already and, on top of that, it dawns on me that Starbucks is probably using plastic to make their coffee. On top of that, it dawns on me that Starbucks is probably using my city's tap water too.
As for water, it seems I can buy a $400 filtration system for my water to get the chromium 6 out (ironically, the filter systems are also made of plastic) or I can get glass bottled water. I've checked and Pur and Brita cannot filter out Chromium 6. I do buy Perrier a lot, but I want non-carbonated water and I wonder if there is a cheaper way to buy it in bulk. Does anyone have ideas for either filtering my water affordably or getting glass bottled water for less cost? When you can get a case of 24 plastic bottles of water for $5, paying $2 per bottle of Pierre is a little steep.
Before everyone tells me plastic is awesome, I realize plastic is awesome and has revolutionized our lives, and made living much easier and better. I also realize that as plastic is stressed (heated and cooled repeatedly) it leaches chemicals, even ones that are BPA-free. I know some plastic may do it more than others, but I would just like to avoid using plastic for my beverages if I can. Whether it's sitting in a hot truck in transit and or whether hot coffee is pouring onto it before it goes into the coffee pot, I just want to avoid that.
Thanks in advance for any ideas!