My office, like many offices, has a Keurig coffee machine (if you aren’t familiar, it’s the machine that makes individual servings of coffee and tea from little plastic cups). I, like many web designers, suffer from a coffee addiction and make coffee at work from K-cups. I’ve been able to overlook the little cups I discard every day, but this week I was musing that at 2 cups a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year, that’s a shocking 500 K-CUPS – and that’s just from me!
This might not be so unforgivable if the alternative, coffee in a regular coffee maker, leaves behind coffee grounds and a filter, both of which are biodegradable and compostable. So we are creating waste from something that used to create no waste at all.
I am unwilling to give up coffee – that is another issue for another time – but like a sign from the gods, the very next day my husband brought me home a reusable mug from his new job (at Great Wolf Lodge!), so I decided to switch my habit. I am now making my beloved Bustelo at home, perhaps with cardamom, and carting it in – just a tiny shift that is one shade greener.
Note: this is not to be ungrateful. Surely the office that springs for a Keurig machine is more generous than one that provides the old school pots with grainy dregs in the bottom. Also, Keurig itself recognizes the problem and is making efforts to become more socially responsible. So I won’t write them off completely, but in the meantime I’ll be toting my own.