Do you ever wonder if there’s more you could be doing with those used K-Cups instead of just throwing them away?
Well, whether you ascribe to sky-is-falling alarmist environmentalism, or you simply enjoy reusing items for a myriad of other purposes, I’ll share with you what I do with those disposable plastic cups.
I use these cups for:
1). Composting and/or worm composting.
2). Seed starters.
And here’s how I do it.
After the K-Cup is cooled enough to work with, take a pair of scissors and make an incision from the hole to the edge of the cup.
Peel the foil top off of the cup and dispose of the foil.
Dump out the contents. The coffee grounds can then be added to your compost (or worm compost).
You may be surprised at just how much coffee is inside of these things.
In this picture I’ve turned the filter inside out so you can see what it looks like.
The filter itself can be now be used in your composter, and it’s up to you if you want to cut it into smaller pieces or not (if you’re using it for worm composting, they prefer it cut into small pieces).
Before you know it, those little cups will add up quickly.
I hope this has been a help. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment.
I don’t make a habit of photographing my food or drinks, and I certainly don’t post them for others to be subjected to, but the cup of Starbucks in this picture is significant because it will be my last.
I ignored the fact that Starbucks uses GMO products.
And I rolled my eyes when Starbucks tried to ram race issues down my throat.
But now I discovered something about my favorite coffee chain that is too egregious to look past; too evil to ignore.
When I learned of this news I was eligible for one free drink as I had reached my buy-twelve-get-one-free benefit of being a Starbucks gold card member. So this past week I redeemed the free drink owed to me and will allow my gold member status to elapse.
My decade-long relationship with Starbucks is officially over.
You can’t boycott everything, you say.
I would agree. I am not one known for boycotting businesses I don’t agree with. And I know that this coffee behemoth isn’t even going to notice my absence (nor care), but there’s a bigger issue here. This is not about boycott’s, it’s about conscience.
Just like I wouldn’t have been able (in good conscience) to patronize a company that was directly supporting the execution of “undesirables” in Germany in the 1940s, I can no longer support my favorite coffee establishment knowing that they are directly supporting the execution of “undesirables” in America in 2015.
So this week I enjoyed my complimentary venti java chip frapuccino with toffee nut syrup as one relationship ends, and a new one begins. I say goodbye to Starbucks and hello to local coffee establishments.
If/when Starbucks drops their financial support of abortion, I may consider returning, but until then, thanks for the memories.