Products I Like – Plastic-Free Coffee Maker

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Last updated on January 27th, 2017 at 10:55 am

plastic-free coffee maker

In this post we will talk about a 100% plastic-free coffee maker.


If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I try my best to avoid plastic, if possible. Why? By now we all have heard of the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic. BPA is a plasticizer used in some plastic products, and mimics the female hormone estrogen in the body, with far-reaching effects on human health, including decreased fertility and cancer.


Unfortunately, there is emerging evidence that BPA-free plastic is no better than its BPA-containing counterparts. It contains synthetic estrogen too! The problem is that all plastic needs to use something as a plasticizer, and although BPA has been widely tested, not too many other plasticizers have been as rigorously tested, and so not as much is known about them.


Also, flame retardant chemicals that I have been urging you to avoid in upholstered furniture may also be found in plastics used to make electric coffee makers. Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants are associated with endocrine and thyroid disruption and cancer; with disrupting the immune and reproductive systems; and with adverse effects on fetal and child development, to name a few problems. I would say this is another reason to look for a plastic-free coffee maker.


As I could not find a plastic-free electric coffee maker, my European heritage helped me remember about the French press. I like everything about French presses. You do not need to buy extra parts such as filters. You feel in control because you make the coffee – not a machine. And it is so easy and relaxing. Put coffee in, pour boiling water on it, wait for three minutes, and press gently. Washing it is super easy too. In other words, it is a relaxing ceremony without much effort.


I looked at two brands that make French presses before I found a fully plastic-free coffee maker. These brands are Grosche and Bodum. While their French presses are mostly plastic-free, the top filter that is used to help the pour was not. I was adamant about finding a plastic-free French press.


My search led me to a well-known company many of you heard about because it has been around forever it seems – Le Creuset. They make one type of French press and it is 100% plastic-free, made of stoneware (which is essentially sand) with glaze, and stainless steel and nothing else. It is big enough to make coffee for three people at a time but not too big to make a single serving. Some reviewers on Amazon complain that this plastic-free French press chips and breaks. It sounds like it may happen if you wash it in the dishwasher. While the instructions say that it is dishwasher-safe, I would not put in a dishwasher. One is that this plastic-free coffee maker is sand after all. Second, I do not see a need. It is very easy to wash; even a quick rinsing works fine.


Where to Buy Plastic-Free Coffee Maker

You can buy this plastic-free coffee maker on Amazon with free shipping. Enjoy!


And as always, do not be a stranger, leave a comment, let me know what you use.


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19 Responses

  1. There is also the “cone” which is made in glass, ceramic and I’ve seen it gold coated as well. The cone with a paper unbleached filter, makes a great cup of coffee. a zip to wash too and makes a great cup of coffee with no coffee grind in it.

  2. Brittany

    I absolutely LOVE your blog. I can’t thank you enough for all the research you do. It’s been so helpful for my husband and I!!!

    • Hi, Brittany! It is so nice to hear that. Let me know how else I can help you. Could you tell how you got interested in a toxin-free lifestyle? Thank you. ~Irina

  3. Brittany

    Also, do you have a recommendation for a totally plastic free, reusable water bottle? Thanks so much!

    • Thank for the question, Brittany! I highly recommend Swell stainless steel bottles. They are plastic-free, except for a lid ring that is made of silicone. This bottle will keep your hot drink hot for 12 hours and cold drink cold for 24. They are sold on or Amazon.

  4. Madeline

    I have a plastic free French peas I’ve been using for years which I love. It is stainless steel. I am not sure what the brand name is, and baby is asleep in my arms so I can’t go check. I got it at marshalls after my bodium broke (again) & don’t really ever see a need to but another one. Like you said, its easy, easy to clean, don’t have to buy filters & it does a fair job of keeping it hot. Love it!

    • Thank you, Madeline! Let me know the brand when you have a chance. It is funny you said that your Bodium broke. I’ve had one before (before I started making efforts to stay away from plastic) and it broke too. Not a good quality.

  5. I also was looking for a plastic free coffee maker. I found one at a garage sale, a vintage stovetop Pyrex glass percolator. Even the lid is glass. The kids love it because you can see through it to watch the coffee percolate. I’ve seen them for sale on eBay or online vintage stores, but I doubt you’ll beat the $3 I paid for mine!

  6. Are you familiar with cold brewed coffee? You can make it in a large mason jar. We drink iced coffee but the resulting coffee concentrate can also be heated if you prefer hot coffee.

    • No, I am not familiar. Thank you for sharing, Becky! Sounds like a great way to make coffee. It is interesting – my coffee has to be hot for me to feel energy kick.

  7. Elizabeth

    Hi Irina!
    We are not coffee drinkers at our house, but drink a lot of tea. I was wondering, can you put ground coffee in a little metal tea ball and pop it in hot water like we do with loose leaf tea? There have been times when we have guests that are coffee drinkers.
    By the way, we started using our Dr Bronners liquid soap to do the dishes and this Sunday I’ll pick up a couple bars of Luminance soap for bathing. I guess I’ll need a shower soap dish! I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks as always!

    • What a creative thought, Elizabeth! You have a great sense of humor and you are creative! How do you like Dr. Bronners for doing the dishes? I did not find it effective. But I am SO happy with coconut oil soap for dishes. It generates so much lather! Keep me updated on Luminance and everything else!

  8. I too love using the french press! I found one that is glass and stainless steel, except for a piece of the lid that is plastic.

    I love Le Creuset. I didn’t know they sell french presses. I will add it to my wish list.

  9. Thanks for this yet again Irina! I second the Dr Bronners. I use it for the kids and hand soap but I didn’t care for it on dishes. I am terribly behind in emails (second child is proving to be more work than I thought) I’m going to have to look into the coconut oil soap I recall reading something about it.

  10. Cheryn Johnson

    A few months ago, I found my ideal coffee maker, a Farberware percolator. It is made of steel, and the grounds basket and other parts are also steel. The only worrisome thing is the plastic thing on the lid, which allows you to see the percolation. Glass knob replacements are available at Lehmann’s. You just put it on your stovetop and wait until it starts to boil, and let it perc for as long as you want to get the strength of coffee you like. I perc it for 7 minutes, and it is delicious.

  11. I’ve been using my Eva Solo – Cafe Solo everyday for the last 2 years. Works brilliantly.
    It’s basically a glass flask with a stainless steel filter. It also makes the most delicious coffee I’ve ever made.

    How is the Le Creuset French press holding up?


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