Single cup coffee has revolutionized the at-home and office coffee market. Consumers love the convenience, efficiency, and quality of brewing a fresh personalized cup of coffee. In fact, 33% of American’s owned a single cup coffee brewing machine in 2017, according to the National Coffee Association, and 3.71 billion U.S. dollars were generated in single cup coffee retail sales in 2016. That is a lot of coffee!
But have you given any thought on how all the plastic single cups are affecting our environment? 3.71 billion dollars of single cups is a lot of plastic single-cup capsules making their way into landfills. There are eco-friendly alternatives to the traditional plastic single cup coffee capsules that allow you to continue to enjoy the coffees, teas and hot chocolates you love while also protecting the environment.
In order for recycling centers to maintain clean recycling streams and reuse recycled plastic, they can only accept separated plastic single cups. Many of the Keurig compatible single cup coffees “The Water Guy” TM carries, are offered in the RealCup® EcoCup® capsules. All “The Water Guy” TM Martinson, Marley Coffee, and Brown Gold single cup coffee brands are offered in the EcoCup®. These EcoCup® capsules are designed to be 95% recyclable. The EcoCup® capsules are manufactured with easily separated components for simple recycling and composting.
Recycling Single Cup Coffee with EcoCup®
After brewing, let the single cup cool and then follow these three recycling steps: Click, Separate and Recycle.
- Click locate the tab above the embossed arrow on the pod and CLICK.
- Separate peel away the lid from the outer cup and SEPARATE the lid from the filter.
- Recycle the outer plastic cup where #6 polystyrene plastic is accepted.* Compost the coffee grounds in your backyard garden or compost bin and place the remaining lid and filter in the trash.
“The Water Guy” TM continues to look for suppliers that are using sustainable materials in their packaging. It is part of our commitment to long term sustainability practices.
*Check with your local recycling service provider