My favorite appliance is also a trifecta of plastic reduction in our house: It eliminates a ton of single use plastic, it saves money and it’s tasty. It’s a fully automatic espresso machine called a Jura. It works just like a Keurig: put your mug in the machine, hit the brew button and 30 magical seconds later you have a cup of coffee or espresso. The difference is that the only waste is coffee grounds. As a bonus, during the 10+ years we’ve had it, the $900 Jura saved us $3,000 over the $90 K-Cup brewer.Read More
As the world's largest online retailer, Amazon is also one of the biggest users of plastic packaging. From our own research at FiveADRIFT, we know that an incredibly diverse number of suppliers can provide plastic-free packaging, tape and water soluble adhesives (some of our favorite products can actually be planted and turn into flowers).