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Announcing A Fully Compostable Single-Serve Coffee Pod That Works With Keurig Machines

Announcing A Fully Compostable Single-Serve Coffee Pod That Works With Keurig Machines

Canadian roaster Club Coffee has come up with the first fully compostable single-serve coffee pod that works with the Keurig machines. They are one of the companies that sued Keurig for controlling the market and creating a monopoly to keep prices for the cups very high. Their product is the PurPod100, made from coffee chaff, which is the skin of the bean that comes off during the roasting process. It is compostable because it is designed to be digested by bacteria. This cup can be fully broken down with composting in a matter of weeks. They are working on multiple certifications including their final certification to bring this product to market. This will make it much easier to recycle these pods because currently for many of the pods that can be recycled, the coffee grounds and the lid have to be separated from the cup in order to recycle it. It’s easier to make the cup of coffee at this point than it is to dispose of the cup that brews it, leaving most of them ending up in the trash. With this company moving forward at a rapid pace, the fully compostable pods will be on grocery store shelves in no time.

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Keurig Green Mountain begins to take steps in the right direction

Keurig Green Mountain begins to take steps in the right direction

The last article we posted about the Keurig cups has a bit of an update. Keurig Green Mountain has just released a new product called a K-Mug, which is essentially a travel mug that has a larger pod. This K-Mug pod is ‘recyclable’ according to the company. It is made up of #5 plastic and can be separated from the lid and filter for recycling. According to Keurig Green Mountain, their Vue and K-Carafe pods are also now recyclable, leaving the original K-cups out of the loop. Keurig is taking the right steps to reach their goal of making all of their pods recyclable by 2020, but releasing a new product that features a recyclable pod doesn’t quite have the same impact as changing the K-cups to be recyclable. There are still billions of K-cups going into the trash every single day. It is the hopes of many that Keurig will make all of their cups recyclable before their 2020 goal deadline.

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Recycling Interest Groups Take On Keurig Green Mountain

Recycling Interest Groups Take On Keurig Green Mountain

As an electronics recycler, we see our fair share of plastics that need to be recycled, like computer cases and household appliances. One type of plastic that many people use is the Keurig K-cups and unfortunately they are not readily recyclable. It says on their website that they aren’t and that they are currently working on the problem. They expect to have a solution by 2020, 5 years from now. Most people find this answer to be unacceptable, including the creator of the design, John Sylvan. He has approached the company several times with solutions to this problem and his ideas have been rejected. He actually regrets coming up with one of the most popular coffee brewing designs because of the impact on the environment.

According to several sources, many companies that have tried to fix the problem on their own are actually being sued by Keurig Green Mountain. One company has actually created a plastic clip for the single serve brewer that allows for outside single serve cups; ones that are recyclable. According to this company, the impact of the non recyclable K-cups in nearly unfathomable. “Lined up, end to end, the 9.8 billion 2-inch pods sold by Keurig in 2014 alone would encircle the equator 12.4 times, according to Murray Carpenter, author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us. The estimated 35.6 billion pods sold by Keurig since 2007 (Green Mountain Coffee purchased coffee-maker Keurig in 2006) would encircle the globe more than 45 times.”

Those numbers are quite shocking, especially for such a short timeline, and are only expected to increase. Most homes and offices have this type of appliance and every single day these cups are ending up in the trash. While Keurig is looking into a compostable option for its cups, most cities lack the infrastructure in their municipalities to make a big difference. They also have the brew your own style cup where you can fill it with whatever coffee or tea grounds you like. The problem is, most people still buy the K-cups because they can just throw them away when they are done instead of washing out the custom brew container. Many third party companies are now spreading the word on the environmental impact in an effort to help the environment and are doing what they can to come up with solutions.

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