Make Your Keurig Eco Friendly With These Easy Steps
I always seem to be in a rush. If I’m not rushing out the door then I’m rushing to finish whatever’s needed in the shortest time possible. My mornings are generally hectic. So saving time and stress by not waiting several minutes for my coffee to brew is possible-thanks to the Keurig. But is your Keurig eco friendly?
Keurig’s are great for when you don’t have the time to measure out your coffee and wait awhile for it to brew. The k-cup also brews the exact amount of coffee you need so that you don’t waste coffee by accidentally brewing too much. But there is a down side.
The k-cup is not recyclable, not reusable, and not eco friendly.
This becomes a very serious problem when you realize that Keurig Green Mountain produced enough coffee pods in 2013 to circle the earth 10.5 times. Then on top of that, they sold over 9 billion k-cup pods in 2015 alone. Although some say that you can recycle the k-cups, you would have to separate and clean the components and even then only some recycling centers will take them. K-cup pods are too small and often fall through the grates of recycling centers. They are also usually made of either #5 or #7 plastic that not all centers will take for recycling. Because of how hard they are to recycle, K-cups are being thrown away thus polluting landfills, the environment, and our oceans. How can we fix this problem?
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The Reusable K-cup
If you are like me, after learning all those facts on single use coffee pods you were horrified. Luckily there is an option for you to make your Keurig eco friendly without further polluting the planet.
You can use a reusable k-cup. These are very easy to find and inexpensive to buy. The only trick is to make sure it is the right size for your machine. I use this one and it is universal which means it should fit in most Keurigs. These are so easy to use as you just fill them up with coffee and stick them in the Keurig and brew! These reusable k-cups help to drastically reduce your plastic waste-especially if you are drinking multiple coffee cups a day.
Eco Friendly Coffee
Now that you can use your reusable k-cup you need to know what kind of coffee to put in it. The most environmentally friendly coffee is organic shade grown coffee, you can read more about why it is so good for the environment and what to look for here.
Other options to make your Keurig eco friendly is to use bulk bought coffee. If you buy coffee in bulk with reusable bags that eliminates even more plastic packaging from ending up in our landfills! If shade grown really isn’t an option for you, try to find organic bulk bought coffee.
After you brew your coffee you will have plenty of coffee grounds left over. To further reduce your waste and continue to make your Keurig eco friendly you can try to reuse the grounds or compost them.
Reuse Coffee Grounds
You can reuse your coffee grounds with several different diy recipes! Try using them to make a face mask, a body scrub, or even soap! There are so many options for reusing coffee grounds, so get creative!
You can compost your coffee grounds so that they don’t get washed down the drain or thrown into a landfill. Composting is so great for you and the environment and very easy to do at home! You can even just add the coffee grounds straight to the soil of some of your plants! Some plants love acidic soil and coffee is great in making that happen so just make sure you are adding it to the right plants. If you don’t have space to compost at your home don’t worry there are many alternatives out there to still compost, you can read more about how to do that here.
Now that you know how to make your Keurig eco friendly, will you make the change to reduce your Keurig’s waste?
Share your experiences in the comments below! I would love to hear from you about how it’s working for you and if you have any extra tips!