K Cups

For people looking to get their daily coffee fix, K-Cups have become incredibly popular. However, there are those who believe these tiny, tasty cups aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. In one German city, K-Cups have been banned.

According to CNN, Hamburg has officially banned coffee pods from all government buildings due to their negative environmental impact. You might be wondering, is your Keurig that bad? Well, sort of.

Here are four concerning factors you should consider before getting your next caffeine fix from a coffee pod.

4. They Produce a Lot of Waste

Waste

Although they’re little and might seem harmless, these small pods can pile up fast in the trash bin. For every six grams of coffee, there are about three grams of waste, far less efficient than sticking with a traditional brew. In 2014, Mother Jones estimated that K-Cups were disposed of so much that they could be wrapped around the world 10.5 times.

3. They Are Not Biodegradable

Biodegradable

Since they contain various types of materials, K-Cups are awfully difficult to recycle. In an effort to make these pods eco-friendly, Keurig has promised to make their cups recyclable, but not until 2020. Until then, you will have to manually remove the aluminum top from the plastic cup and find a special recycling service.

2. They Contain Aluminum

Aluminum

Since K-Cups use aluminum lids, it is no secret that they are not tremendously great for the environment. Even if aluminum doesn’t end up in a landfill, recycling aluminum produces toxic byproducts that have to be buried in a landfill. This can be avoided when using a traditional coffee filter.

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1. They Can Pose a Hazard to Your Health

Hazard

K-Cups were confirmed to be BPA-free and made of “safe” plastic, yet some studies have suggested that the material used can have harmful effects when heated. When you come into contact with these chemicals, they can act like estrogen in your body, ultimately throwing your hormones out of whack.

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