A few years ago, Keurig came out with a new coffee machine that brews single cups of coffee. This became a huge craze in America, and nearly one out of every three households have a pod-based coffee machine. People could now make a variety of teas, coffees, and other espresso drinks at the touch of a button.
As cool as they may seem, K-cups pose a big problem for the environment. Most pods are not recyclable, meaning that every cup of coffee produces waste. These plastic little buggers can pile up really quickly. Not to mention that they’re super expensive! Each K cup costs between 50 and 75 cents. In comparison, a pound of coffee costs around 5$ and gets you around 48 cups. That only amount to 10 cents per cup!
I’m a huge coffee lover- I’ve said it a dozen times on this site. But I avoid K cups at all costs. In the office I work in, there’s a Keurig in the coffee room. Between the pod, the individual sugar packets and creamers, plus the paper cups they keep stocked, people are creating some major waste just for a cup of coffee!
Fortunately, Keurig is coming out with recyclable pods, where you can remove the coffee grounds (compost!) and recycle the pod. By 2020, they are hoping to have 100% of their pods be recyclable, but in the meantime these pods are a huge waste.
Even when the pods can be recycled, and I cannot stress the important of REDUCE over RECYCLE. While recycling is great and all, it is better if you can reduce your consumption levels so resources don’t have to be used in the first place. A great alternative to the single-use pods is getting a refillable pod and using bulk coffee, so the only “waste” your producing can be composted.
So next time you’re stocking up on your coffee supply, remember that buying coffee and sweetener in bulk is more eco-friendly and can save you a ton of money!