Single Serve Coffee Cups Are Producing Tons of Trash
There’s a lot of waste in single serve coffee, and we all know it. There’s a ton of trash and other waste being produced from the industry, and there’s only a few more eco-friendly options within the single serve coffee product offerings. Sure some of the K-Cups from non-licensed coffee roasters can be recycled, but it’s simply not enough.
The East Bay Express has a rather extensive article on the Dark Side of Single Serve Coffee, and many of the points about the waste within the single serve coffee category is hard to refute. So where does all this waste come from? 12 percent of US households now have a single-cup brewer, and for example Peet’s coffee just started making K-Cups. With just one roaster added like Peets it equals hundreds of millions of pounds of unrecyclable trash for the nation's landfills each year.
So what do we do? One thing we can do is use more reusable filters with our single serve coffee brewers. Another option is to try and only buy K-cups that are recyclable or biodegradable, or compostable.
What we really want is recyclable K-Cups from Green Mountain, and maybe with Keurig 2.0 and new offerings in the future this will happen and the waste will stop.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 6, 2014 7:46 AM
I switched to the Bunn MCU and you get a MUCH better cup of coffee using the ground coffee drawer. I only use k cups now when company comes over and someone wants decaf. For what you save by not buying k cups you can buy a really good burr grinder and grind fresh beans, or you can just save your money while you buy top quality ground coffee. It's a win all around. And did I mention how good the coffee is? The pulse brew is awesome!!!!!