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Here's Why You Should Stop Using K-Cup Pods Right Now

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You wake up, pick out your favorite blend, pop it into your coffee maker and minutes later you have a steaming perfect cup of coffee. Easy, right?

Well it may be convenient, these single-serve pods could cause some serious harm.

If you are part of the 1 in 3 Americans who use a Keurig or other single-serve coffee makers, keep reading because this could affect you.

Environmental Impact

As of 2017, only Green Mountain Coffee and 3 other Keurig pods are recyclable. That leaves 200 remaining cups and pods heading to the garbage can every morning.

When K-Cups end up in landfills, they will stay there for 450 years. The amount of K-cups discarded can circle the earth 12 times.

"If you took last year's production of K-Cups, which was almost 10 billion, and you were to take them and line them up end to end like this, they would encircle the globe more than twelve times at the equator," Murray Carpenter, the author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us, told CBC's The National in a 2015 interview.

Keurig states that their goal is to have all K-cups be recyclable by the year 2020, but that doesn't mean that they will in fact end up being recycled by consumers. People who grab a single-use cup often do it for the convenience and they may not be inclined to go through the process of recycling the materials that their coffee came in, when the garbage can is right next to them.

Continue to the next page for impact to Health and Cost.

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