11 Jun '12, 11am

Ask Umbra: Is my single-serve coffeemaker wasteful?

Ask Umbra: Is my single-serve coffeemaker wasteful?

The company behind the Keurig, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, is well aware of the waste issue. The waste issue that it, ahem, created. It has launched, among other things, a workplace “recapture” program in some states called Grounds to Grow On , which composts the grounds and burns the pods to create energy; and a new system, Vue, which uses marginally more recyclable materials. But your best bet for greening this new habit of yours, Nathan, is a reusable filter called My K-Cup . Yes, it sounds like a feminine hygiene product, but I hope you will still buy one. You use it with the coffee of your choice. This reduces your impact on the landfill, and reduces coffee’s impact on your wallet, since you won’t be springing for disposable cups all the time. There are other reusable cups that work with the Keurig — I encourage you to investigate. You could also drop your pals at...

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