How to reduce the waste from your single-serve coffee maker

 

Austin American-Statesman

Not to make you feel bad about buying that Keurig coffeemaker your (spouse, child, parent, best friend) wanted for Christmas, but did you know more than 9 billion of those little plastic cups end up in landfills every year?

Keurig does sell a reusable mesh K-cup ($15), which you can fill with your own finely ground coffee, and like Nespresso, the company now has a program that allows people to return their used cups by mail, but the process is complicated and expensive.

With parent company Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Keurig says it’s working on developing a recyclable cup, but a company called Crazy Cups (crazycups.com) might have beat them to the punch, claiming its new K-cups ($18.60 for 20) are the world’s first recyclable version. (You have to dissect the cup into three parts – aluminum lid, filter and plastic cup – and recycle individually.)

Perhaps the most environmentally friendly option on the market right now is from San Francisco Bay Coffee (sanfranciscobaycoffee.com), which sells single-serve OneCups ($6.99 for 12) that are 97 percent biodegradable.

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