Caffeine: who could live without it? Certainly not the college student struggling through an early class, nor a busy parent trying to get everyone where they need to go. As we find ourselves relying more and more on caffeine, more convenient devices are springing us to help us fuel our addiction faster than ever. Complex coffee makers and high-tech espresso machines are all the rage, and they are appearing in homes more than ever before. It’s clearer than ever—we are a society that cannot live without caffeinated beverages. But something certainly can live without caffeine—the environment.
The increased demand for caffeinated beverages has led to an increased demand for the appliances that prepare them for us—the coffee and espresso makers. Due to the high costs of espresso machines in particular, many people don’t do their research and decide to settle with the cheapest machines on the market. These espresso machines can be poorly built and wear down quickly. As they do, they’ll consume more and more energy to perform the same tasks over time. They are likely made of unsustainable materials, and won’t be recyclable as a result. They’ll be tossed out into landfills and left to deteriorate, releasing harmful chemicals into the earth. Not exactly eco-friendly. Sadly, these are many risks people gladly take to save a few bucks.
While the appliances definitely play a part in caffeine’s affect on the environment, they’re not so much to blame here. There are many well-built, high-tech beverage machines out there, such as this one, that are made to consume a minimal amount of energy. Additionally, many are made of stainless steel, which is fully recyclable. They’re built to last, and many do.
The problem is that caffeine is slowly seeping into the very environment itself. Recently, it’s been discovered that caffeine has started appearing in bodies of water. Researchers suspect that this is occurring because of the caffeine content found in human waste. Caffeine doesn’t naturally occur in oceans, that’s for sure. But while the current amount of caffeine detected is small and not an immediate threat to marine life, it could certainly progress beyond that point.
We know people are not going to give up caffeine any time soon. As long as we’re busy, we’ll be drinking caffeine. And though it’s not yet certain how caffeine will come to affect the environment in the future, it’s advisable that we do everything in our power to prevent it from doing so. No, you don’t have to give up caffeine, but there are a few steps you should be taking. First, remember that moderation is key. If you drink soda, energy drinks, and coffee all the time, try to cut back. Easier said than done, right? Additionally, you should research products and appliances before purchasing them. Look for energy-saving appliances made from stainless steel, and make sure they last. Finally, watch how you use them! With a little knowledge, we can leave a more positive impact on the environment.
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