Sure, the paper coffee filters are easier to deal with – you just toss them in the trash. But if you had a reusable filter, you could just compost the grounds and rinse out the filter – saving both money and space in the trash! There are many different size reusable, washable filters available for coffee makers, so see if they make one for yours. Many coffee makers come with them now, as our new Cuisinart one did. Besides, we think the coffee tastes better this way!