Many of my friends and family have Keurigs. I look at them and can’t help but think how wasteful they are. If you have only one cup of coffee everyday for a year that’s 365 of those little plastic k-cups. Now times that by millions! Last year Keurig Green Moutain estimated that 20 million households in the US used its brewers. That means over 7 billion k-cups in the trash every year in the US alone. The real number is probably double or triple that because most people drink more than 1 cup of coffee a day and many house holds have more than 1 coffee drinker. Then you have to think of all the waste created when making K-Cups.
That is completely and totally insane! I mean seriously how wasteful are we as society? I’m kinda ashamed that I ever wanted a Keurig. I’m completely fine with brewing my little tiny two cups of coffee in my pot and composting the filter and grounds to use in my garden. If I brew a whole pot I’m not opposed to throwing some in a pan on the stove and heating it up later in the day. This has been working pretty well for me for years.
But for those of you who have a Keurig or who have family and friends that do there are a few options to make your Keurig less wasteful.
If you want to keep using your Keurig I think this is probably the most environmentally friendly option out there. You can get stainless steel mesh and BPA free plastic reusable K-Cups. All you do is add your coffee of choice to the cup and brew like normal. This will actually save you some money since those little K-Cups can get expensive.
Where to Get Reusable K-Cups
This is the next best option, it still can be wasteful to make but at least you filling landfills with little plastic K-Cups
Where to Get Compostable K-Cups
Or you could just dump the Keurig!
You can always go old school and sell the Keuring and dust off you old Mr. Coffee. Or get a French Press, if you like really strong fancy coffee then I really recommend you get one of these! If you get a french press you MUST use coarse ground coffee to prevent any particles from breaking through.