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Who They Are

Backpacking through Costa Rica in 2004, CoffeeSock Founders Corina and Robert Guillory made what they thought was an innocuous purchase: a Chorreador filter, a traditional Costa Rican coffee-making method, without its customary wooden stand. On its own, the Chorreador filter was a simple fabric bag that worked similarly to a paper drip filter—only without the waste. Perfect for backpacking, and perfect for a great cup of coffee! It wasn’t until years later, having run out of filters for their Chemex, that it clicked—that same style of fabric filter could work just as well as, if not better than, the premium paper ones they were used to buying. Just like that, CoffeeSock was born!

Though the business started small with an Etsy storefront, it quickly grew as waves of positive reviews came crashing in. Soon, they expanded into stores, and things really took off. Now, you can find a CoffeeSock for whatever your preferred coffee-making method is, still handmade by a crew of fun-loving coffee fanatics in Austin, Texas—with GOTS certified organic cotton, no less.

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Why We Like Them

CoffeeSock provides a sustainable and reusable alternative to a wasteful single-use product: paper coffee filters. On its own, that’s enough to get our little eco-hearts beating. But they don’t stop there. Every CoffeeSock is handcrafted right here in the U.S. and exclusively from Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton. That means that not only is their cotton grown without the use of pesticides, it also uses 88% less water and 62% less energy than generic cotton production—all while ensuring safe and positive working conditions across the production chain. Their GOTS certification also ensures that all dyes used in their process are safe and toxic-free; in fact, CoffeeSock’s dyes actually bind with cotton molecules, becoming part of the fiber and ensuring they won’t leach into your morning brew. 

Plus, they’re economical. Typically, purchasing a CoffeeSock means you’ll be paying about a third of what you normally would for a set of premium paper filters, and with every CoffeeSock replacing about 500 filters over its yearlong lifespan, that’s a whole lot of savings. 

On top of their use of certified organic cotton, CoffeeSock goes above and beyond to ensure that each product is packaged plastic-free, with paperboard packaging that’s easy to compost or recycle when you open your product for use. Plus, when you’re done with your CoffeeSock filters, thanks to its GOTS Certified cotton, you can comfortably toss it into the compost bin, where it’ll decompose within a few months!

Finally, CoffeeSock makes sure sustainability and social responsibility is embedded in their business model. As a member of 1% for the Planet, CoffeeSock donates 1% of sales annually to environmental nonprofits. Currently, purchases benefit Food4Farmers, supporting The Maya Ixil Coffee Cooperative. Through their donations, CoffeeSock helps support beekeeping and sewing projects at the cooperative’s farms, and will soon expand to include The Grow Ahead venture, where they will help provide the seeds, materials and education needed to grow food crops, replant the local forests and restore native ecosystems.

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  • Family Business
  • Sustainable Lifestyle
    Sustainable Lifestyle
  • 1% for the Planet
    1% for the Planet
  • Charitable
  • GOTS Certified
    GOTS Certified
  • Made in the USA
    Made in the USA
  • Low Impact Dyes
    Low Impact Dyes
  • Organic Cotton
    Organic Cotton

This product contains material that can break down into soil in either a backyard or industrial composting system. These products are declared compostable by the manufacturer, but may not third-party certified. Contact your local waste-hauler or composting facility to determine where these materials may be accepted. Certain materials may be better fit for industrial facilities than backyard composting systems. Industrial facilities may not exist in your area.

This product is made by a family-owned business. EarthHero loves to support and empower businesses built around strong family values. 

This product helps promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it encourages re-use and the movement away from disposable products, or it promotes sustainable actions like recycling and composting, this product can help you lower your environmental footprint.

This company partners with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that helps promote environmental stewardship. Members commit to donating at least 1% of their sales to the program, which helps connect them to high-impact environmental nonprofits across the globe.

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

The Global Organic Textile Standard is an international processing standard for organic fibers that covers everything from processing, packaging, and distributing organic fibers. GOTS certified products are labeled organic if they contain 95% or more certified organic fibers, and are labeled as “made with organic” if they contain at least 70% organic fibers. GOTS assures that textiles are produced with socially responsible labor and environmentally conscious manufacturing. Certified textiles must follow guidelines on chemical use, energy and water consumption, safety and living standards for employees, waste produced throughout the manufacture process, and more.

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

Companies can adopt multiple practices to dye their textiles and products in a more environmentally safe way. Low impact dyes usually do not contain toxins such as heavy metals, plasticizers, fluorocarbons, and formaldehyde. Sustainable dyes can also be water or plant based, or use less water than conventional dyeing methods.

Organic cotton production uses zero chemical pesticides and fertilizers, promoting a healthier use of land and decreasing harmful agricultural runoff. By steering clear of toxic chemicals, workers experience less exposure to hazardous conditions, promoting social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship. Plus, farming methods for organic cotton have been shown to use up to 20% less water than nonorganic production methods. Choosing organic cotton eliminates the use of insecticides and other harmful chemicals, promotes efficient resource use, and results in a safer products and a cleaner planet!

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