K-Cups. I can have a “Jet Fuel Extra Bold” and you, my friend, can have a “Butter Toffee” within seconds of each other.
Not sure what I’m talking about? The K-Cup is a single serving coffee brewing delivery system and the main product from Keurig, an American manufacturer of coffee brewers for both home and commercial use. They’re convenient. They offer endless varieties of coffee and tea. And In 2013, Keurig produced 8.3 billion K-Cups, enough to wrap around the equator 10.5 times. Five per cent of the current cups are made from recyclable plastic. The rest of them are made up of a #7 composite plastic, which is nonrecyclable in most places. And for the few that are recyclable, the aluminum lid must be separated from the cup, which also must be emptied of the used coffee grounds, for the materials to make it through the recycling process. So, basically if we’re being generous, roughly 7.9 billion K-Cups went to the landfill in 2013.
Basically, K-Cups are awful. There. I said it. I saw this video on Grist today and thought I’d share it. #killthekcup