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Single-Serve Coffee Pods Are An Environmentally Unsound Option

September 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Despite what the coffee pod machine makers say, single-serve pods are not recyclable, according to Mother Jones editor Maddie Oatman. True, they are made from recyclable materials. But most recycling facilities can’t handle them because they are too small. The beverage division of Mars Inc., for example, claims its own machines use newly designed pouches, dubbed "freshpacks," helped it achieve its sustainability goal by reducing its carbon footprint by 31 percent. But “thirty-one percent from what?” asks Oatman. The company doesn’t say.
Maddie Oatman, "There Is No Such Thing as a "Sustainable" Coffee Pod", Mother Jones, September 27, 2016, © Mother Jones and the Foundation for National Progress
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