K-Cups Not Only Make Bad Coffee, They Make Bad Environments

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I'm drinking coffee made by a K-Cup machine right now and it sucks. A lot. But alas, I'm too lazy to get a much better cup at the cafe around the corner. That said, after learning that all of those K-Cups are piling up in landfills—and not being recycled—I may have to reconsider.

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According to CNBC, the way K-Cups are constructed, they can't be recycled. Paper and foil are strongly adhered to the plastic capsule making so that sorting facilities can't separate the materials. So those cups are destined for a single use and nothing more.

So yeah, maybe you hate yourself (like I do), and don't care what you consume. But maybe you shouldn't hate the planet more than you hate yourself? [CNBC via Discovery via Treehugger]

Image via Michael Dorausch

DISCUSSION

K cups at home are pointless, but at the office they are just too convenient. Particularly in my nightmare isolated office park on the outskirts of civilisation, where previously we had terrible bunn carafes that no one ever, EVER, brewed when they finished a pot. When it's a choice between a fresh, instant k-cup, a 20+ minute round trip to Wawa, or a the hassle of brewing and cleaning a french press, it's not a hard decision.

At home, I still have a good old mr coffee, recycled paper filters and beans that ride home in a brown paper bag and then live in a airtight canister above my fridge. If my company didn't provide us with k-cups, I'd probably get the french press.