K Cup Regret

Matthew Silbernagel - Author

Nov. 8 2016, Updated 12:47 p.m. ET

John Sylvan, the inventor of Keurig’s hugely popular K Cup coffee pods, recently admitted he feels a sense of regret about ever inventing the cups.

A K Cup is really nothing more than a single serving of coffee contained within a small plastic cup. The plastic cup is designed to be fitted into a Keurig coffee maker, pierced by the closing lid, and presto! A steaming hot cup of coffee is made just as soon as the hot water from the Keurig can make its way through the little coffee pod.

Given America’s love of all things coffee, it is no surprise that the ease in which the K Cup allows a coffee drinker to make a cup of coffee, has pushed the K Cup into consumer-product stardom. What could possibly be bad about such a nifty invention? Well according to Sylvan, a lot.

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“…K-Cups are bad for the environment — they are disposable and not recyclable.”

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What makes K Cups non-recyclable, according to SFGate, is the K Cup’s three layer design. According to SFGate, there are three layers to the make-up of every K Cup and not every layer is able to be recycled.


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