Did you know that K cups are not fully recyclable? They are so convenient… and deliciously make a perfect cup of coffee. They are mommy’s happy little helpers in the morning. In fact, I don’t know what I would do without them. I am becoming addicted to K cups! Ever since we bought our SECOND K cup coffee maker:
OMG… that is beautiful.
Our first one, an actual Keurig, took a dump. I tried and I tried to fix it. I watched many youtube videos and tutorials, but to no avail. Anyway, I digress. K cups are not fully recyclable. I did some research and here’s what I found:
By livegreen.recyclebank.com: “K-Cups, Keurig’s single-serving coffee pods, are made of multiple components, including an aluminum foil lid, a fiber/plastic blend filter, and a #7 plastic exterior. As with other mixed-material items, the materials would need to be separated before they could be processed. Keurig acknowledges that K-Cups are not recyclable at this time but notes that they intend for them to be fully recyclable by 2020.”
and that you can recycle k cups only if you separate the pod components. “K-Cup® pods consist of a combination of plastic, aluminum, organic material (coffee grounds) and a paper filter. While all said items can be easily recycled separately, the K-Cup® pod as a whole cannot be recycled.”
Now, there are ways to resolve your guilt. Either you stop using K-cups (Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!)
Wait until 2020 to buy the fully recyclable k cups (again, Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!)
You can also upcycle your K cups! What? Upcycle you say? I love upcycling!
So I did more research and I found these great ideas on how to reuse or upcycle your k cups:
By the way, taking a k cup apart is not easy. You have to rip out the foil top, scoop out the coffee grounds and the hardest part, rip off the filter. Lots of work. Totally kills the convenience of it. But totally worth it if you don’t want to give up your k cup coffee addiction. And totally worth it if you don’t want to kill the earth (ouch, guilt pangs hurt…) But coffee is worth it.
“I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake”. Lewis Black