You know those plastic pods you use to make coffee every morning? They’re destroying the planet.
Just considering K-cups (the pods that fit exclusively into Keurig machines) alone, a Mother Jones report found that if all the ones produced in 2013 were linked together end-to-end, they would circle the planet 10.5 times (about 10 billion of them are produced each year). These pods are usually not recyclable, non-biodegradable and simply build up in the landfills of the world. The creator of K-cups has even said publicly that he regrets inventing them.
Which means everytime you do this…
You’re destroying the Earth a little bit. At least, until now, anyway.
Thanks to a Vancouver entrepreneur, you can now have your coffee and keep it convenient. Guilt free! Let us introduce you to the G-Kup, the world’s first 100 per cent biodegradable and compostable coffee pod. Made of sugar cane, a bamboo sleeve and a polymer lining that can stand up to the heat of the brewing process, you can rest assured these will rot away long before they become a problem for the environment (about 30 days).
As for K-cups?
“You could come back in 10,000 years and it would probably still be there,” Casey Keulen, a scientist with the University of British Columbia’s Composites Research Network, told CTV News.
Scientists with UBC are helping develop the G-Kup with federal grant money, ensuring that these eco-friendly pods are just as good as their plastic-based alternatives. The G-Kup team says it has an international patent for its technology, even though Club Coffee in Toronto is right on their heels with a green coffee pod of their own.
“It’s exciting to be on the cutting edge, doing something that’s both useful for people, makes their life a bit more convenient, quicker and then it’s good for the environment as well,” Keulen said.
The G-Kup, which the team says will be competitively priced, is expected to hit store shelves by early 2016.
Now that’s something you can wake up and feel good about.