Eco Friendly Coffee Maker – The French Press

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If you are in the market for an eco-friendly coffee maker, look no further than the French press. A French press is durable and it can be made entirely from recyclable materials like glass and stainless steel. Plus, it doesn’t require disposable filters, and it doesn’t require electricity to operate.

Even though it is called a “French” press, the origins of this coffee maker may not have actually been in France. The first known design of the coffee press was a metal or or cheesecloth screen fitted to a metal rod that would be pressed into a pot of hot water and coffee grounds, much like they are still used today (source: Wikipedia).

Over time the coffee press underwent a number of design iterations in Italy, France, England, Denmark and more. Today we recognize the coffee press as a cylindrical beaker with a plunger and mesh filter to press the coffee grounds and hold them at the bottom of the beaker.

Regardless of origin, the French press offers simple, effective functionality. It is portable, easy to store, and easy to clean. It’s an all around perfect addition to a coffee lover’s eco-friendly kitchen. 

Below are six beautiful, eco-friendly French press options worth considering for your home. 

Eco Friendly French Press


I love a glass French press for the sole reason of being able to see the press in action. Plus, I like being able to see exactly how clean my coffee press beaker is. If you are also partial to glass, here are a few glass French press options.

Williams Sonoma Double Wall

The double walled glass of this French press design is not only durable, it will also help to keep coffee warmer longer. The lid, plunger, and filter are all made from durable stainless steel.

Yield Supply

I love that this glass French press also has a glass handle and lid. This design comes in three colors and would be a gorgeous addition to any modern kitchen. 

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a fantastic material for a French press because it is durable, easy to clean, long lasting, and recyclable.

Secura French Press

I absolutely love this French press because it is entirely made using stainless steel. From the exterior, to the handle, the lid, and the interior filter you will not find any plastic used in the making of this French press. 

It’s sold in sizes ranging from 17oz to 50oz, so you can choose one that will serve you and a housemate or the larger version that will serve an entire breakfast party. Lastly, the price is extremely affordable for the quality! 

Frieling French Press

This stainless steel French press is highly reviewed for a number of reasons. The double wall keeps coffee (or other beverages) warmer for four times longer than glass. This coffee press also uses a dual screen filter system that prevents any coffee ground sediment from entering your cup. It is completely plastic-free.


While glass might be the most common and stainless steel might be the most durable, ceramic or stoneware might be the prettiest material for a French press. Both beautiful and functional, below are two eco-friendly ceramic French press options.

Le Creuset

Le Creuset is known for their quality stoneware and ceramic cookware, so it makes sense that they offer a stoneware French press. This one utilizes a stainless steel plunger and mesh press. It’s also dishwasher safe which is a big plus to make cleanup a breeze.

Yield Supply

This ceramic French press is a more modern design with a ceramic exterior and a copper lid handle. The interior is stainless steel, as is the mesh filter.

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