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We’ve always said that if you can start your day right, you can end your day right. When you scramble to get going in the morning opposed to following a steadfast morning ritual, you’re setting yourself up for havoc the rest of the day.
Personally, I try to streamline everything as much as possible so I can sleep just a little bit longer in the morning. This includes my morning coffee routine. With the help of a Keurig, I can make a single-sized cup of coffee in minutes. But, after realizing that this part of my morning routine was not only impacting the environment negatively but potentially my body, I kicked those k-cups to the curb and up-leveled for a better alternative – reusable stainless steel and filtered k-cups.
Let’s start with why K-cups are bad for the environment:
If you were not aware, most of those K-cup pods end up in landfills and of the 30% of households that use a single serve brewer, that’s a lot of K-cup waste. In 2014, enough K-cups were sold to circle the earth 10.5 times.
A K-cup is made of plastic, a filter, the coffee grounds, and a plastic foil top. The problem is that you would have to fully separate these components to make them recyclable, something that most of us with Keurig’s won’t take the time to do (kind of beats the convenience purpose of having a Keurig in the first place.) And the plastic that K-cups are made of is a specialized plastic (plastic #7) consisting of four different layers, a mix that is recyclable only in a handful of cities. In fact, earlier this year Hamburg, Germany banned all coffee pods from government buildings due to the negative environmental impacts.
If the environmental impacts don’t pull at your heart strings, take a look at why k-cups could be bad for your body:
While Keurig states their pods are BPA free, that #7 plastic is a grey area. Since #7 is a mix of plastics, we don’t know exactly what kinds of plastic are included so side effects cannot be tested. However, the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives showed that most plastics, even those marked BPA free, trigger an estrogen effect. Roughly 70% of products tested positive for estrogenic activity, but when subjected to conditions like microwaving or dishwashing, that number jumps to 95%. Common sense would tell us that passing boiling water through plastic pods and then mixing it with acidic coffee grounds may conclude the same results.
In addition, we’re certain the coffee in k-cups isn’t the healthiest, as we now know that coffee, in general, is filled with chemicals. Conventionally grown coffee is one of the most heavily chemically treated foods on the planet. It is covered in synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. And when you use the flavored K-cup coffees, they often come packed with “natural” or artificial flavors (meaning food manufacturers use these names to hide ingredients like MSG). And if you’re not aware of the negative side effects of MSG, click over here for a helpful article.
Bottom line: There’s a better way to get your convenient cup of coffee while still using your Keurig. And that is to use a reusable EkoBrew filter, which are now available at Walmart.
The perks, beyond saving the environment and potentially your body, include heat resistant grips, silicone seals, easy open lids, stainless steel mesh and flat bottom designed. They’ll save you money too, up to 80%, in fact, compared to purchasing K-cup packs. They’re super easy to use and clean and you can now use coffee of your choice, like fair trade, organic, and shade-grown.
And the best part? EkoBrew stocked us with a coupon for you. Get a $2 rebate by clicking here.