Hamburg Germany Bans Those Nasty Plastic Coffee Pods / K cups

Written by on April 10, 2016 in Activism, Conscious Living with 26 Comments


By C. Katt Krespach | EarthWeAreOne

Even the inventor,  John Sylvan, regrets inventing the coffee pods.  He says they were initially developed to be used in offices… but somehow ended up in people’s homes.

Did you know, that if you were to place all the coffee pods used last year, side by side, they would circle the globe more than TEN times?

It’s really a shame to think the social status of owning a Keurig, or similar coffee pod machine, amounts to this much non-degradable trash.

 The Plastic Problem

Even though some manufacturers are attempting to create a style of coffee pod that can be bio-degradable, the chemicals used in the cup are far from non-toxic to the environment.

“…the pods are extremely difficult to recycle because they are built from a mixture of plastic and aluminium, which most recycling plants can’t deal with.”

The politicians and environmentalists of Hamburg, Germany thought Nature was far more important than coffee convenience in a cup… and decided to do something about it.

 Ending The K-Pod Craze

The city of Hamburg decided to take a strong stance against coffee pods, banning them in all state-run buildings.

“These portion packs cause unnecessary resource consumption and waste generation, and often contain polluting aluminium,” Jan Dube from the Hamburg Department of the Environment and Energy told the press over the weekend.

“The capsules can’t be recycled easily because they are often made of a mixture of plastic and aluminium. It’s 6 grams of coffee in 3 grams of packaging. We in Hamburg thought that these shouldn’t be bought with taxpayers’ money.”

Going Green… The Future Of Hamburg

Hamburg has been moving forward with environmental decisions on their way to becoming a truly green city in their future.  Among other things, Hamburg has plans to become totally car-free within 20 years and have green spaces instead of combustion filled highways.

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  1.' Muhammad Dawood Tahir says:


  2.' Theresa Dawn says:

    We Love our “re usable” K Cup

  3.' Teresa Garrity says:

    That’s why I bought reusable kcups and can of coffee

  4.' Nam Tran says:

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  5.' Jacqueline Martin says:

    I do not or never have bought k cup – waste! Waste! Waste!

  6.' Martha Kakonikos says:

    And thats where the bulk of your money goes. Paying for the packaging. Look at all the colors mommy! Can we get it! Put that shit back before i bust you in your head!

  7.' Terry Kostiuk says:


  8.' Teresa Garrity says:

    I learned how to clean my machine. so easy

  9.' Benny Pang says:

    Nespresso , all aluminum, totally recyclable!

  10.' Bernardine Shipley says:


  11.' Bond Armando Bond says:

    Question. What is k cup?

  12.' Wendy Sakwi says:

    One of many things that should be banned

  13.' Eugene Huguenin says:

    Partial Solution: buy a reusable metal or plastic coffee grounds holder for the Kurig brewer and grind your own beans.

  14.' Pete Appleby says:

    This is good.Next,they should ban Islam from Germany.This is also toxic.

  15.' Michael Young says:

    Uh-oh Jeanette Dara..

  16.' Tina Peralta says:

    I use my own filter, I put coffee in a creamer container to recycle and pours into single filter perfect! I care care about our earth & the future of it! ?❤️?

  17.' Lynn Mcmillen says:

    What about the yogurt and pudding cups?

  18.' Nancy Howard Dewar says:

    Why they were ever allowed is a mystery to me

  19.' Martuśka Anna says:

    The dumbest thing they ever thought of for making a good cup of coffee .

  20.' Robin Mcbrier says:

    this is what we are leaving for out desendants ,we should all be ashamed start trying harder to leave the planet beautiful for those who will come after us

  21.' Mary Breckenridge Thompson says:

    Savannah Jayne Thompson

  22.' Bill Whitford says:

    I eat gruel and drink water on my back steps. I win!

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