Those little white paper coffee filters are not as innocent as they look. They are  harmful to our environment. First of all our precious trees are cut down to manufacture those little  coffee filters, and in the process of  manufacturing the white paper filter, dioxin, a deadly pollutant is created and released in to the air that we breathe. Dioxin among other pollutant is responsible for many birth defects. Not to mention the waste factor added to our landfills.

Here is an interesting calculation we came up with:

Do you realize that if 25% of Los Angeles residents make 1 pot of coffee in the morning using a paper filter, (one used filter measures 5cu. Inches) this amounts to 81,159 cu. Ft. of trash per day, yes, each day, 81,159 cu. Ft. is aprox 10,000 sq. ft. an area, the size of two McDonald buildings. Make you think doesnít it.


Don't forget your saving money too: 
If you purchase name brand coffee filters and use one a day, then use of the ecofilter can reduce your costs significantly. Surprized? Not only are you doing something good for the evironment, but your helping your budget too. Name brand filters sell for an average of $2.45 for 40 filters. Thats $22.35 your paying a year for filters. Thats a 42% savings for the first year and 100% for the next year... and so on. 

An other possible advantage is Eco Filterís composition, which allows the diterpenes (found in the oil droplets) and coffee sediment to be filtered out. A Dutch study, cited in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter March 1997, stated that if people trying to lower their blood cholesterol  should not drink unfiltered European style coffee, such as that made in a French press. The French press allows the oil droplets and sediment to stay in the coffee thus boosting cholesterol levels by 6% to 10 % over a six  month period. Instead the study suggests drip coffee, made with a filter, and percolated coffee contains negligible amounts of diterpenes.