Keurig is facing a widespread backlash against the K-Cup
The pods have become wildly popular in recent years, with nearly one in three households now owning a pod-based coffee machine, Quartz's James Hamblin reports.But they are difficult to recycle, raising serious environmental concerns that have forced their inventor, John Sylvan, to have regrets.
Now some customers are threatening to boycott the company until it makes the pods more environmentally friendly.
"Because the K-Cup is made of that plastic integrated with a filter, grounds, and plastic foil top, there is no easy way to separate the components for recycling," Hamblin writes.
The company has pledged to make K-Cups fully recyclable by 2020, though many customers say that's not soon enough."We're not happy with where we are either," a Keurig spokesman told Hamblin of the company's efforts to make the pods more environmentally friendly. "We have to get a solution, and we have to get it in place quickly."
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