There are few products on the market today that are more wasteful than coffee pods.
The fact that these little plastic cups aren’t easily recyclable even caused their inventor, John Sylvan, to
tell The Atlantic last year
that sometimes he regrets having invented them at all.
There’s more bad news for the likes of Keurig and other coffee-pod makers now that the city of Hamburg has banned them from state-run buildings.
“With a purchasing power of several hundred millions of euros per annum, the city can help ensure that environmentally harmful products are purchased less
frequently,” Jens Kerstan, the city’s senator for the environment, told the BBC.
Keurig previously announced that it plans to make all of its K-cups recyclable by 2020, but four years is a long time to pollute the earth with discarded
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Keurig reps haven’t yet responded to Hamburg’s decision, but it could be extremely troubling for the company should more major cities follow suit.