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Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 6:38 am    Post subject: Takeaway coffee cups not recyclable  Reply with quote    

It looks like companies such as Costa and Starbucks have been misleading us with their cups - how many people thought they were recyclable? I certainly did and until recently Costa even had the Möbius Loop symbol on them.

The waste mountain of coffee cups

sean
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Those coffee pod things pull the same trick of saying 'recyclable' which is technically true but pretty much never happens because of the difficulty of separating the component parts.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The coffee pods should be illegal too, truly mental

Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Grrrrr - coffee pods - AWFUL things and 9.8 billion were used in 2104 with only a tiny percentage recycled. I hadn't realised just how many there are on the market as normally I just walk straight past that part of the coffee aisle however today I did stop to look ... and for goodness sake there was even a pod for sale to make a cup of Earl Grey tea.

I got into rather an argument recently with someone of FB about coffee pods and she moaned she couldn't possibly survive without her nespresso coffee every day and if she didn't have it she would simply have to drive to town to have a Costa coffee It would seem the big coffee producers have succeeded in making us think that life without either a coffee pod or from a cardboard cup is simply impossible. I despair.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i dont even need a spoon for coffee

minimum is stainless steel cup,fuel,fire starter, water,coffee

gz



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

they are recyclable...when unused...

sean
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 16 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Maybe the hipsters will save us all. Boy Wonder despises the pods and refuses to drink coffee from 'cardboard' cups.

Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 16 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Of our two boys one totally refuses to drink coffee or tea and the other only likes a proper espresso from a proper cup

jema
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 16 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pods are depressing, that they took off shows how thin peoples attitudes on recycling are

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 16 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My DIL has a device that uses a reusable bit instead of the pod. The only waste is the coffee grounds, but I understand they are now saving those for my compost heap. They are in a flat so don't have a compost bin of their own. I will find out what the thing is called and post here.

Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 16 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jema wrote:
Pods are depressing, that they took off shows how thin peoples attitudes on recycling are


And also how they want everything instantly and how each new product like this further distances people from real food/drinks

Woo



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 16 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I saw HFW on the bbc the other night talking about this.( didn't know he had moved channels)
I liked the idea of the discount for bringing your own cup!
instead of calling your name they could call, "chipped snoopy!"

what a waste. I didn't realise they couldn't be recycled. I have shared the info with oldest who got a taste for coffee on a school trip to Germany. told him he could only have it it in a proper cup from now on!

Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 16 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
My DIL has a device that uses a reusable bit instead of the pod. The only waste is the coffee grounds, but I understand they are now saving those for my compost heap. They are in a flat so don't have a compost bin of their own. I will find out what the thing is called and post here.


From Explain that stuff - is this maybe what she is using?

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Finally, most single-serve machines are anything but environmentally friendly. You're wasting a plastic pod, metal foil, and filter paper with every single cup of coffee you make. That might not sound significant until you consider that Keurig®, the market-leading US brand, sells about 10 billion of its K-Cup® pods every year! There are some environmentally friendly pod systems, however; Nespresso pods are made of easily recyclable aluminum, for example, which sounds great. The only trouble is, there's a big difference between "recyclable" and "actually recycled": Keurig's "100 percent recyclable" pods have to be split and separated into paper, metal, and plastic for effective recycling, so most people are likely to just throw them away. A classic example of greenwash? If green credentials matter to you, check out companies such as Kienna Coffee, which makes a plastic adapter for Keurig brewers that take compostable and biodegradable pods. You can reuse the adapter and throw away the coffee!

Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 16 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Woo wrote:

I liked the idea of the discount for bringing your own cup!
instead of calling your name they could call, "chipped snoopy!"


I posted how unhappy I was about the cups not being recyclable on Costa and Starbucks FB pages. No reply from Starbucks but Costa gave me some corporate blurb about how they are looking to make them recyclable at some time in the future and offered the "bring your own" discount. Interestingly, when I asked what their time-scale was for making the cups recyclable and how many people actually brought their own cup all I got was deadly silence.

Woo



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 16 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a proper coffee percolator thingy that goes on the stove.
the grounds go into compost or round the heather plants.

My SIL gave us her fancy Jura coffee machine when she brought a nespresso . it does the works but is sat waiting to go to Ebay as its just too mad for words, grinding, boiling, steaming milk. and you only get a few sips in the cup.

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