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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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