Keurig fans finally have a reason to rejoice — and assuage their environmental guilt — with the recent announcement that the coffee-making giant has released a recyclable coffee pod.
One in five kitchen counters in America houses a Keurig coffee machine, but the company has come under intense scrutiny in recent years for its monopoly on the coffee brewing market and for the extreme environmental degradation caused by its line of single-use plastic coffee pods. Keurig critics have been quick to flaunt the statistic that in 2013 alone, Keurig produced enough plastic coffee pods to circle the Earth 10.5 times.
On older machines, eco-conscious Keurig users could minimize their waste by using a reusable filter for the single-serve coffee machines. Coffee drinkers could fill the pods with coffee of their choosing and rinse it out between servings. An extra step, but well worth it if the thought of filling the landfill with plastic pods made you cringe.
But the reusable filter is no longer an option with the release of Keurig’s 2.0 line, which not only requires the use of the single-serve pod, it also requires that those pods are from Keurig-affiliated brands only. No more reusable pods and no more choice of coffee — and lots more waste.
So it is with great joy that eco-minded Keurig users welcomed the new K-Mug pods, which are made from polypropylene plastic and can be separated from the lid and filter for recycling. Reusable? No, but they are recyclable, and that’s a start. If you simply have to have your coffee from a Keurig, this is the way to go.