Recycling K-Cups

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If you saw the way I stumble over to my Keurig every morning you probably wouldn’t believe that it took three children before I actually started drinking coffee. I bought a Keurig for my Timmie’s-addict husband to save money and instead I got hooked. I’m not the only one, the single-serve coffee machines are insanely popular for the ease and variety of brews. ‘One cup at a time’ was a brilliant idea! However, with the love of flavoured coffee comes an incredible amount of waste that is receiving a big backlash. #KilltheKCup is an actual movement, criticizing the little pods for being unrecyclable and creating so much waste. If the thought of getting rid of your Keurig makes you hyperventilate (and I would not judge you if it did), then consider some of these ideas to reduce your waste:

  1. COMPOST: when you’re done with your k-cups, peel back that foil and dump the grinds into any tupperware-type container with a tight-fitting lid. When the container is full, dump it in your garden or your neighbours garden or on your lawn or under a tree. Coffee grinds make a great mulch and compost very well. If you can, collect a bunch of k-cups and let them dry out for a day to make dumping them easier.
  2. GARDEN STARTERS: spring is just around the corner (hopefully) and those who garden will soon be starting their seeds inside. Whether you’ve got a large kitchen garden or just a flower pot, gardening is a great activity to do with kids. Save a weeks worth of k-cups, clean them out, fill them with some potting soil, drop in your seeds and set them on a windowsill. The little pods already have a hole punched in the bottom for drainage and they are just the right size!
  3. K-CUP POPSICLES: Some bloggers recommend blocking the hole at the bottom with a spot of hot glue, others say foil or tape will do the job. Either way, mix up your favourite juice, creamsicle or even mocha popsicle blends and freeze them with a stick (save, wash and reuse your sticks!) in the centre. Perfect for little kids who never actually finish the big popsicles!
  4. ST PATRICK’S DAY CRAFT: St Patrick’s Day is only a couple of weeks away and if you are the kind of mom who likes to break out the themed¬†crafts for every possible holiday, then this will be right up your alley! With a little bit of cardstock and some glue, you can turn a k-cup into a leprechaun’s little hat.
  5. FINE MOTOR SKILLS: You know how OT’s are always recommending ‘lacing’ as a task to develop your child’s fine motor skills? Forget the giant beads and the lacing games, just grab a new shoe lace, a bunch of cleaned out k-cups, and hand them over to your toddler or preschooler. The whole in the bottom is already there, just lace through for a giant k-cup chain. Older children can turn this into a craft or if you have a whole lot of k-cups saved up, thread them all and decorate your Christmas tree!
  6. SORTING: This is another one that can be for your children. Hand your child a bag of coins and have them sort the coins into k-cups. Sort coloured paperclips, different beans, coloured marshmallows, buttons or any other groups of small items.
  7. SCOOPS: Toss clean k-cups in the bathtub, the sandbox, in a large bin of beans or rice, the water table, and any other place your child has something to scoop and dump. The hole in the bottom just adds to the fun!
  8. CHILD’S PLAY: Kids are nothing if they’re not imaginative. Clean out a months worth of k-cups and give them to your children, the end. Stacking blocks, pyramids, bowling, cup games… they will come up with some ways to breathe life back into these little wonder cups.
  9. REUSE THEM: Dump out the coffee, rinse, dry, and refill with your favourite ground coffee (bought for significantly cheaper than a k-cup!). Recreate the lid with tinfoil and you’re all set!
  10. STOP USING THEM: Oh, stab in the heart, right? But in reality, there are other options for single-serve coffee that don’t involve so much waste. The Keurig does have a My K-Cup option and you can also buy reusable versions that can be found in the coffee aisle of the grocery store or at Walmart, HomeSense, Winners, etc. Many coffee companies now sell flavoured, ground coffee in bags at the grocery store so you don’t have to go back to boring coffee! If the extra step of filling your own pod is just too much, at least consider switching to a coffee brand that has the pod-less, Keurig-compatible options with just the lid and the teabag-style bag of coffee attached.
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Jill

Jill has lived in London for her entire life, other than a brief hiatus for school. She has three children and is trying very hard to get them excited about her passions: yoga, Harry Potter, food, and books. If you have something you think LondonMoms would be interested in, you can contact her at jill@londonmoms.ca

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