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For Earth-day I decided to keep all the trash with me throughout the day to see what I use and where I can improve. I was surprised I had as much as I did, but also surprised how much was recyclable (See graphic). My hat is off to Phoenix for how much they take as recycling. 

Other surprises: I paused as I reached for the paper towel to dry my hands in the restroom. The K-cups were obviously not recyclable  as I was sipping the coffee. (Do they make a single serve tea-bag style coffee bag?)

Very easy exercise. I encourage anyone to try it for a day.

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Comment by MaryMcP on August 16, 2014 at 5:12am

I missed this the first time around but want to answer your question about 'coffee bags' (like tea bags).  Yes, they do make them.  We sometimes use them when camping.  Not bad but not your French press coffee either.  ;-)

Comment by Marisa Casey on August 15, 2014 at 9:01pm

I know I'm a bit late to the party, but if you are at all interested in "recycling" your K-cups, Keurig has a program where you pay the shipping and they send you the self addressed boxes to return their used K-cups in. They disassemble the cups, compost the contents and recycle the cup. It's pretty cool. 
https://www.groundstogrowon.com/keurig/faq.html

Comment by Cynthia Carter on April 23, 2014 at 9:17am

I use a couple of reusable wire-mesh and plastic k-cup inserts to put regular grounds in.  When the brewing is over, I let the "k-cup" dry a little (grounds come out easier), then I dump the grounds in the compost, wash the cup, and it's good to go the next day.  You can get a pack of 4 of them at Fry's, back in the random "as seen on tv!" section, for $10.  Sometimes I see a 2 for $10 pack, instead, but either way, you save yourself a LOT of money by "packing your own" AND you eliminate the throwaway packaging. :)  Oh--and if you tear the foil top off the premade k-cups, the grounds and little paper filter can be taken out and added to your compost, leaving just the foil and plastic shell to throw away.  I do try to keep a box of k-cups around, just for the occasional times I want a "special" coffee.  It tends to last a few months. :)

Comment by Catherine, The Herb Lady on April 23, 2014 at 9:08am

Awesome exercise!

Comment by Class Coordinator on April 23, 2014 at 8:09am

Matthew, I love this! I'm going to feature this in our newsletter this week!

Susan

Class Coord

Comment by Jennifer Wadsworth on April 22, 2014 at 9:23pm

Awesome exercise - kudos for taking it on.  I'll have to give it a go.

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