August 25th, 2009
By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
Still using paper coffee filters? You might not be able to break your caffeine habit, but getting rid of disposable coffee filters is easier than you may realize.
Permanent filters made of stainless steel mesh (and typically gold colored) can serve for many years. So can filters made of hemp, the same fiber used to make ropes and more recently, a raft of other items from T-shirts to washrags. Hemp is tough and these filters promise to last for years also.
We bought one from Cusp Natural Products, a family-owned Washington company that began making a few hemp items in the 1990s and today finds itself making hot pads, dog toys, baseball caps and even iron board covers from hemp fabric.