July 17, 2006

Green Mountain Coffee Roaster's Ecotainer Coffee Cup

Ecotainer

Green Mountain has been working with International paper over the past year to create a compost-able coffee cup - dubbed the EcoTainer. They're making such a cup because Americans discarded over 14.4 billion cups just last year.

Based on anticipated growth of specialty coffees, that number will grow to 23 billion by 2010--enough to circle the globe 88 times." Plus they calculated that the petrochemicals consumed in the making of that many cups would be equal to keeping 8,300 homes heated for one year. The Ecotainer addresses this by having corn based liner, instead using a quarter of a million pounds of petro-plastic. In short, it can be composted and returned to the earth to make more soil. GMCR and IP go on to suggest that by opting for a corn-based they'll conserve the consumption of nearly 250,000 pounds (113,400 kg) of non-renewable petrochemicals every year. And 70% of the energy used for the paperboard manufacture is from renewables.

We hope that the K-Cups being produced will also be compost-able in the near future. Recyclable or compost-able K-Cups would make everyone here at Single Serve Coffee really happy and also make the future of single serve coffee more planet friendly.

Via Treehugger at Green Mountain Coffee

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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 17, 2006 7:16 AM
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