Most Americans love their coffee, and with the creation of Keurig’s K-Cups making a cup of coffee has never been so easy. K-cups come is all ranges of flavors and even from your favorite coffee-house like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks. What most people don’t think about after they make their cup of coffee is what happens to that little “pod” that you just throw in the trash?
K-Cups are made out of three layers. The outermost layer is the layer that scientists say causes the biggest issue to the environment. The third layer is supposed to be durable, this way no O2, or light gets into the Pod. Because of its sturdiness the Pods are not biodegradable and when they reach landfills that do nothing more than just sit there and pile up. Keurig does know that this has become a problem ever since their popularity has sky rocketed. The company has looked into ways to make their Pods just a durable but more environmentally friendly, but as of right now no solution has been made.