Wilmington, DE – Designed specifically for Keurig brand coffee brewers, the K-Cup is designed to be used to make a single cup of coffee. After the coffee is brewed, the pod is designed not to be reused, composted, or recycled but to be thrown in the trash. These K-cups that have been trashed in landfills could wrap around the planet 10 times.
Almost 25% of American homes own a single cup brewing machine. That is over 75 million homes brewing single use pods like K-cups every day, multiple times a day. That means tens of billions of nonreusable, nonrecyclable plastic pods ending up in our landfills. While Keurig is saying they intend to make K-Cups out of #5 polypropylene plastic in 2020 so they can be recycled in most areas, only one third of major recycling programs accept this kind of plastic. The K-cups that don’t get recycled will take thousands of years to decompose in a landfill and contribute to our growing problem of plastic pollution. Keurig’s “Grounds to Grow On” program, where they encourage customers to mail in their empty K-Cups back when they are burned in energy incinerators, also fails because it wastes energy and puts other harmful, cancer causing toxins into our air, water, and soil.
Having the vision to recognize the growth of single service
coffee consumption, Telesonic engineers perfected a unique packaging machinery
system and single service disposable filter cups, which are compatible
with the Keurig type brewers, to supply to coffee roasters.
Bernard Katz, President of Telesonic Packaging Corp., says “we manufacture a patented bio-based recyclable biodegradable, compostable
cup [RBC pod], which was designed to optimize a uniform extraction, and brew a higher
quality cup of coffee. Unlike the Keurig K-Cups, our cup is also environmentally friendly. In fact, coffee grounds are filled with garden-friendly nutrients and properties. They contain nitrogen, lighten and loosen soil, attract earthworms and acts as a deterrent against garden pests. Rich in nitrogen, one can fertilize their vegetable garden with coffee grounds. Our cups are perfect for this because not only are they biodegradable (breaking down into harmless compounds), they are compostable (breaks down into natural elements in a compost environment leaving no distinguishable or toxic residue.) Simply put, one can bury our cups in their garden to fertilize it after they use the cup!!”
We have roasters now adding CBD to their ground coffee, finding that the “RBC” pod performs best for that application.
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