Coffee capsules have become a popular way to brew coffee, especially at home and in the office.
However, they are not without their drawbacks.
In this blog, we'll dive into the facts about single-use capsules and why reusable pods are better for the environment.
Single-use coffee capsules are bad for the environment.
The BIG problem with single-use coffee capsules is that they're not biodegradable.
The plastic used to make them can take up to 150-500 years to decompose!
This means that the vast majority of these capsules will remain in our landfill sites long after your children's children's generation.
Capsules don't come cheap
In addition to being hard on the environment, single-use coffee capsules also have a significant impact on your wallet.
The average cost per cup from a single-use capsule is about 50p more than it would be if you just bought coffee grounds from the shop (and brewed them yourself).
Reusable coffee pods are better for the environment
If you're looking to reduce your environmental impact, it's best to invest in reusable pods.
The good news is that these are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials to suit your favourite coffee machine.
Reusable pods are better for the environment because they don't contribute any waste by themselves--they only need cleaning and disinfecting after use.
Plus, they last A LOT longer than single-use capsules.
If looked after correctly, your MyReusable coffee pod can last a decade!
Also, fewer resources were used during manufacturing and transport, meaning less energy was consumed when creating them (and ultimately disposing of).
Reusable pods also save money: You can check out our savings calculator here.
Consider the facts
We hope that this blog has helped you to better understand the environmental impact of your single-use coffee capsules.
While they may seem like a convenient alternative to traditional brewing methods, their use comes at a cost.
The resources used to produce them and their packaging aren’t sustainable in the long term, which means that if more people switch over from using these products, then we could all benefit from lower carbon emissions, as well as cleaner air and water supplies!