Keurig K-Cups are Killing our Planet

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/03/the-abominable-k-cup-coffee-pod-environment-problem/386501/

An ounce of waste for every cup of coffee–that’s what Keurig is doing to our planet. And I’m pretty sure that all the glue guns in the world can’t fix this problem.

Sure, that may not *literally* equal the giant K-Cup monster that destroys that nameless city like a boss 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.

Keurig K-Cups are Killing our Planet

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.

Sooo…. little less time than it took to put a man on the moon, LOT less time than it’s taking to put a woman on the moon–that’s how much time it will supposedly take to make a recyclable K-Cup. What is this, an assignment for the interns? Can’t throw any of that $800 million in last year’s sales at the problem?

Here at CAGW, 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…

Seriously? 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.

Video credit: Kill the K-Cups via Egg Studios

Image Credit: Rob Hainer / Shutterstock.com

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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