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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 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!


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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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