Breaking Up With K-Cups & 5 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste

Sustainable Living

For a coffee fanatic like myself, the Keurig could be the single most important invention of my lifetime. Coffee on demand, never has caffeinating been so efficient. But what about those pesky plastic pods? I honestly hadn’t given much thought to how much waste something so small can create but when you consider that millions of people probably drink coffee daily, those pods add up pretty quick. Keurig has been a bit slow to make their k-cups recyclable and technically you can recycle them if you separate the components then properly remove the grounds. The thing is, who is going to do that and where’s the corporate responsibility to reduce waste?  Thankfully, some brands have heeded consumers’ concerns regarding K-cup waste and have developed compostable pods. While I am a fan of the compostable pods and think that they do make a damn fine cup of coffee, not everyone has access to a composting facility. I live in a metro area and my employer actually offers composting so this isn’t an issue for me but I feel that this barrier does make compostable pods less sustainable. Enter, the reusable K-cup which has been around for like 10 years and I have no idea why I hadn’t heard of it until fairly recently.


This little beauty will cost you around $5, pair that with a $10-15 bag of coffee and not only is this super sustainable, it’s also crazy affordable compared to traditional single-use pods. These fit most Keurig systems, just spoon in your grounds, snap it closed, rinse and repeat. There are also teenie filters to reduce sediment but I don’t use them and don’t notice an undue amount of sediment in my coffee. If you use an espresso blend, this might be an issue but I’m not sure. Easy, right? For 5 bucks, I can keep roughly 1,000 K-cups out of landfills. Here are a few more simple swaps that anyone can make to reduce waste!

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This is a no-brainer to me, I really don’t understand why any stores offer plastic bags. Chances are, most consumers have totes and bags in their homes that can be repurposed for grocery shopping. I know that I did!

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Everyone loves new clothing, actually, that’s a lie and I hate shopping for new clothes. Before you hit the mall, check out a local thrift store for a new to you piece.

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With everyone on this Marie Kondo craze, I have a feeling that there’s a lot of unnecessary waste being created. Someone else can get use out of  your unwanted items.

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Another no-brainer, there’s no reason to drink bottled water unless you don’t have access to potable tap water.

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Plastic baggies, paper cups, plastic utensils – invest in reusable options instead to reduce waste and save money in the long run.

It’s easy to get started, I hope you join me in making 2019 the year of less waste!


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