Billions of coffee pods are used, which remain in landfills for up to 500 years. The alternative are compostable coffee pods sold by Halo or Sendero. These are just as good and compatible with most coffee machines. Store in an airtight container and use them within 3 weeks.
Avoid caffeine for heart problems, anxiety and insomnia (check with GP if on medication). NHS recommends pregnant/nursing women drink no more than 200g of caffeine daily (1 mug of filter coffee). Or give it up completely at this time. Nobody should drink more than 4 cups of coffee a day!
Alternatively use stainless steel coffee pods which last forever and pay for themselves in 20 days (if you drink the average 2 cups of coffee a day). Just fill the capsule with coffee and press the tamer. You can even become your own barista, experimenting with different combinations of coffee and pressure.
Switch to Zero Waste Coffee Filters
If you use a coffee machine (at home or in hotels or hair salons etc), switch to a reusable coffee filter, to help reduce waste and save money. This reusable linen coffee filter is made from organic unbleached linen and filters coffee in a cone style. The cotton thread ensures a long life. One filter replaces 500 paper ones. After use, just rinse and hang to dry.
Stainless steel coffee filters last 20 years (remove stains with baking soda).
If sticking with disposable filters, If You Care makes them with unbleached paper in zero waste packaging, and they can be composted at end of use.
If You Care Coffee Paper Filters are made from unbleached paper that is free from chlorine, good for our lakes, rivers and straems. The cone filters have a strong patented wave seam to strength, and do not affect the taste of your coffee. In 2 sizes, 100 filters per pack.