Why K-Cup Crafts Aren’t the Answer

An ounce of waste for every cup of coffee–that’s what Keurig is doing to our planet.

Sure, all that waste may not *literally* equal the giant K-Cup monster that destroys that nameless city in the video above, but it’s a damn good metaphor.

Even Keurig’s inventor (who, to be fair, sold his invention and now has to watch it making millions of dollars that he does not get to have) claims that he sometimes regrets his invention, in part because of that environmental nightmare that is landfills full of K-Cups.

And Green Mountain? The K-Cup is all that’s needed to 100% kill that company’s former eco-friendly cred. Even its promise to make a fully-recyclable version of the K-Cup is more laughable than praise-worthy, since that promise is apparently meant to be kept by 2020.

Five years from now? What is this, an assignment for the interns? Can’t throw any of that $800 million in last year’s sales at the problem?

On sites like Care2 and Crafting a Green World, we try to reduce our collective waste by sharing ways to upcycle items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. And on Crafting a Green World, we get loads of emails from people begging for ways to upcycle K-Cups. And seriously, Friends, I’d love to help you. But also…

A K-Cup is, like, a little foil lid–with a HOLE in it!–11 grams of ground coffee (at least you can compost that), and a little plastic cup–with a HOLE in it. What the heck am I supposed to make for you out of that?

This genius uses them to embellish twinkle lights. So there’s three dozen or so down for you.

Scott found some people who use them as paint and glue containers. Just, you know, cover the HOLE in the bottom first.

But all the crafting in the world is not going to find a use for all the K-Cups that it takes to circle the globe 10.5 times.

I can’t believe I’m saying, this, y’all, but crafting is not going to solve this one for us.

TAKE ACTION

Join more than 30,000 Care2 members, and tell Keurig to stop blocking efforts to test a sustainable K-Cup! Ask them to switch to cups that are biodegradable and recyclable!

Related:
5 Reasons K-Cups Aren’t OK For the Environment
25 Ways to Upcycle Old Shirts

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Randy

90 comments

W. C
W. C11 months ago

Thank you.

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William C
William C12 months ago

Thanks.

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Caroline B.
Caroline B3 years ago

I don't use mine often, when I do I use the one that holds filters and you use bulk coffee in it.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 3 years ago

No they're not :)

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

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Cat Tkach
Cat Tkach4 years ago

another thing just to make $$$$$$ SOME OF US CARE ABOUT MOTHER EARTH!!! COFFEE BOY! STOP WRECKING MOTHER EARTH PAL!!!!

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JD She
JD She4 years ago

Noted

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc4 years ago

Thanks for the information.

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sandra vito
Sandra Vito4 years ago

gracias

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