The predicament for Green Mountain is just this; these nonrecyclable, nonbiodegradable, plastic and tinfoil pods that are made to be disposable. They have begun to research possible greener packaging. Some of which include biodegradable packaging, programs to recycle the pods or making the coffee filters themselves reusable. Michael Dupee, Green Mountain’s vice president for corporate social responsibility, said many consumers had started brewing coffee in reusable metal-mesh filters for the Keurig machines, which accept ground coffee. Green Mountain also has a prototype paper K-cup filled with Celestial Seasonings tea that was to be tested this summer. Furthermore, they are already working with International Paper to develop the Ecotainer (a hot-beverage cup with a plant-based, compostable lining).
I do think about just how many K-cups our office goes through per day let alone the many other households and companies out there that also brew on a daily basis. Props to Green Mountain on their road to becoming a Greener Mountain! Check out the rest of this article to read about what else they are doing and what some of the other coffee companies are doing to combat the waste issue.