Recycling one K-Cup at a time: Recycle a Cup

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Millions of people around the world have either used, own or seen how a Keurig K-Cup machine works. In fact, over 41 million single K-cups are used each day. The thought of these cups taking up over 2.8 billion cubic feet of waste in our landfills is unbelievable. Who would of thought that these plastic cups could do so much to our land. Being that my husband is the avid coffee drinker in my family. We currently own 2 Keurig machines. One is a K-Cup and the other is Vue.

Now as for myself and my family we do our best when it comes to recycling our home goods or plastic products. Each week I make it a top priority to make sure all my recyclable products are collectively together and ready to go.

Recycle a cupBefore learning more about Recycle a Cup my awesome husband would manually take apart each cup that he used. As his wife I can certainly admit to the mess he left behind. Between the coffee grinds and plastic cups everywhere it can be a headache. Not to forget each cup or pods are made out of plastic, a paper filter, aluminum foil and coffee grinds. Some folks believe that they can just throw away the cup in the recycling bin and forget about it. That is not the case at all. They really need to be separated correctly for disposal. It’s a safe and healthy way for our environment.

That is when the folks at Recycle a Cup came up with this awesome concept of separating it into each recyclable piece. Take a look at the video below and see how this fella works.


Since this is a new accessory for coffee machines like Keurig and other single serve systems it really does help eliminate and solves the problem of recycling.

There are many useful ways to re-use the cups at home. Here are a few that I have actually done.

  • Planting new seeds

These work awesome as a starter kit. All you need to do is place some soil, your desired seeds and watch them grow. Nothing is more satisfying than growing your own veggies.

  • Painting cups for kids

Place small amounts of paint inside each cup gives your little Picasso a new love of art. Best part is all you need to do is rinse them off and they can be used over and over.

  • Organizing Tools

Great for thumb tacks, nails, paper clips and even small erasers for the kids.

  • Holiday Baskets

If you have extra cups around the house then try making  little holiday baskets. With the help of some glue and crafts they really do come out very cute.



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Share with me how you recycle and how do you use your recyclable K-Cups?


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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Recycle a Cup.  I was compensated for my time. My opinions and views are 100% my own.





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Hi, I'm Michele. So glad to see that you stopped by Sunshine and Flip Flops. My blog is devoted to easy recipe creations for busy families like my own, traveling with family, and tips on everyday life solutions. Did I also forget to say? I'm from Central Florida, so bring on the warm weather, flip flops, beaches, and chilled beverages!


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