9 billion Keurig K-Cups likely ended up in landfills last year

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When John Sylvan invented K-Cups in 1997, he knew they’d turn a profit. What he didn’t anticipate was that 15 years later, a coffee pod machine would be sitting on the counters of an estimated 20 million American homes and Keurig Green Mountain would go on to sell more than 30 billion packs of the disposable coffee pods

Disposable is the keyword there. To withstand the brewing process, coffee pods are made with four different layers of specialized plastic and topped with plastic foil, making them virtually un-recyclable and not biodegradable.

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