Nearly 30,000 coffee pods end up in landfills every month where they won’t break down for at least 500 years, study reveals 

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  • A study shows that a coffee pod takes 500 years to break down
  • The research also found that 29,000 are taken to landfills every month
  • Other options are using reusable, stainless-steel pods instead of plastic.

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New research shows that 29,000 discarded coffee pods end up in landfills every month, which is roughly 350,000 per year.

If consumers separate the various components of plastic, aluminum and paper filters, some companies market their pods as recyclable.

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However, most consumers throw the used pods in the trash after extracting a flavorful brew because smaller containers are difficult to separate.

Not only are these pods accumulating, but each takes more than 500 years to break down in the environment.

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‘Coffee pods are one of the best examples of unnecessary single-use plastics polluting our planet,’ said John Hosever, campaign director for Greenpeace USA, an environmental non-profit organization. USA Today.

‘Many are consumed, poisoning our air, water and our soil.’

New research shows that 29,000 discarded coffee pods end up in landfills every month, which is roughly 350,000 per year.

research was conducted from packaging online, a UK based website that ships packaging options worldwide.

The study also revealed the lifespan of other products – especially glass that can take up to a million years to decompose.

Coffee pods made their debut in the 1990s and immediately became a fan favorite among the masses.

Keurig, based in Massachusetts, is one of the most popular brands that sells pods and machines, and the firm describes its pods as 100 percent recyclable.

Not only are these pods accumulating, but each takes more than 500 years to break down in the environment.

Not only are these pods accumulating, but each takes more than 500 years to break down in the environment.

The company rediscovered their pod design and released a recyclable pod in 2020.

However, consumers should peel off the lid, empty any grounds inside, and then check locally where they can recycle the empty cup.

With all of these steps involved, it can be easier for many consumers to throw a used pod in the trash.

Although Keurig has attempted to help the environment, others say the pods are impossible to recycle because they are too small for the machines to grab at recycling facilities – so they simply end up in landfills.

Even the creation of the Keurig pod, John Sylvan, regrets his invention.

They told the Atlantic In a 2015 interview that he ‘feels bad’ about the negative impact pods have on the environment.

Sylvan, who no longer uses plastic pods himself, also admitted that he wishes he had never made them before.

Another popular coffee pod brand, Nespresso, also released recyclable pods in 2020.

However, consumers must bring their used pods to one of the company’s collection points to ensure they are not being taken to landfills.

Although the pods are harming the environment, there are some words of hope in the packaging online.

The team suggests swapping out plastic, aluminum pods for reusable stainless-steel pods.

The company’s research also notes that plastic straws take up to 200 years to decompose—a product that has sparked years of debate.

Paper straws were first used in 1888, but were replaced by the plastic version in the 1960s and were everywhere by the 1980s.

The study also revealed the lifespan of other products - especially glass that can take a million years to decompose

The study also revealed the lifespan of other products – especially glass that can take a million years to decompose

Scientists estimate that 7.5 million straws pollute US coastlines and 437 million to 8.3 billion plastic straws on beaches around the world.

Because of these statistics the packaging online suggests swapping out the plastic straw for the reusable version.

However, some people may think that choosing paper straws is better for the environment, but it is not.

Manufacturing of paper products requires more energy and resources than plastic products.

According to brew effect, making a paper bag uses four times as much energy as producing plastic.

This is because fossil fuels are still needed to power devices regardless of product, and since paper requires more energy, it uses more resources.

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