I have been totally against purchasing a pod system, for making hot beverages such as coffee, tea and hot chocolate at the push of a button, because I was concerned about the amount of waste it creates
However, recently I have read about how you can refill these pods as well as recycle and repurpose them:
TerraCycle is in more than 20 countries [ at the time of writing this blog ] including USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan and 14 European Countries.
Zero Waste Boxes can be purchased for your home or office, into which you can place your used pods. Once full, a Box can be dropped off at one of TerraCycle’s partners, and it will be returned to TerraCycle for recycling.
Used Nescafe Dolce Gusto pods can be dropped off at collection points or if you prefer, you can download a FREE shipping label and send them back by post.
There is yet another system for Nespresso pods. They can be dropped off at certain florists and garden centres
There are some very creative people in this world. Go to Pinterest for some inspiration on how you can repurpose your pods:
Re-Use / Refill:
The region in which I live contains several boutique coffee plantations, and I have lately noticed at least one local business refilling coffee pods. I am guessing that this is a new trend.
There is even a YouTube clip showing how you can purchase a Pod Refill Kit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtX_qzTJjg4
There are also YouTube clips showing how you can refill your old pods with ground coffee and use household aluminium foil to seal the pod.
Bearing all that in mind, it still seems like a lot of effort to go to, but hey … different strokes, as they say. I will stick to plunging my coffee in a French Press as I am sure I am saving time and money. I can also repurpose my coffee grounds. Refer previous post The Secret to Saving money on your daily grind
What is your preferred method for making coffee and why?
Until next week,