28 Feb '12, 7pm

Kuerig And Other Coffee Pods Piling Up In Landfills Across America

It is one of the conundrums of our time: why people would pay more to lock themselves into a proprietary coffee brewing system that generates a ton of garbage when they could use a French Press in about the same time. As Tim Wall points out at Discovery News , discussing the Kuerig system that has become so popular: The K-cups, as the plastic containers are called, are made of a plastic shell, lined with a paper filter and topped with aluminum. Individually, the components are recyclable, but put together they can only be trashed. What's more, the compost-able coffee grounds are trapped inside. Nespresso, Tassimo and even Kuerig claim that their pods are are "recyclable", but once again, what does that ridiculous word mean? That somebody who buys this thing for convenience is actually going to take off the foil, compost the coffee, separate the paper from the plastic and g...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/kuer...

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