Driving continued innovation

We started out with our sights on a recyclable K-Cup® pod. Now we’re widening our focus to find innovative ways to make recycling better — not just for our products, but for everyone from recyclers and partners to consumers and communities.

Look at what becomes of our pods when we all recycle better

building materials

footwear

outdoor furniture

kid's toys

Thinking beyond the pod

When we talk about closing the loop on recycling, we mean designing with a future-focused mindset. We consider our products from the beginning to the end of their useful life — and on to a fresh start as a new product. So we’ve not only developed recyclable pods, we’ve also invested heavily in the recycling industry, created a take-back program for our business customers, educated our customers, and worked to make sure plastic is reused in new products.

It gives me a great sense of hope and optimism to see brand owners and the recycling industry all working together to create a circular economy.

Emmie Leung

CEO, Emterra Group

Something to talk about

From new products to novel ideas, recycled plastic is making headlines. And with every piece of news, we're inspired by the innovative work being done to promote the use of recycled plastic.

Monique Oxender, Keurig’s Chief Sustainability Officer, talks to GreenBiz 350 about how a passionate team does its own R&D for recycling.

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World Wildlife Fund convenes organizations to enable a global market for sustainable materials management.

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Keurig Canada President, Stephane Glorieux, announced that all Keurig-produced K-Cup® pods in Canada will be recyclable by the end of 2018.

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The Closed Loop Fund has released its 2016 impact results, committing $25M to 11 projects.

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Our journey continues

As our 2020 goal of an all-new recyclable K-Cup® pod approaches, our commitment to sustainability is stronger than ever. The coming years will see us exploring new materials and processes, designing for minimal environmental impact, and keeping a close eye on ways to reduce resource use.

We’ve found great joy and a renewed sense of motivation as we work toward brewing a better world. Not to mention our delight at picturing happy customers relishing a delicious cup of coffee.

Considering compostability

Today, 94%* of consumers in the U.S. have access to recycling as compared to only 1% access to the right type of composting. While the ability to recycle and the market for polypropylene helped drive our decision to design a recyclable pod, the desire for a compostable product is still simmering. Although the grounds in your recyclable pod can already be separated and composted in your garden, our designers and engineers continue to push the limits of our pods, looking for future solutions like fully compostable options.

Product stewardship

We started the process of developing our recyclable pod by learning — about the recycling industry, municipal recycling facilities, community systems, and end uses for recycled plastics. Now, we’re using this knowledge along with our product stewardship principles to guide material choices and design for recyclability at the early stages of development — so we can minimize the environmental impact of our products while maximizing value for our consumers.

Responsibility beyond recyclability

Sustainability is at the core of our values. So naturally, innovating for environmental responsibility remains top-of-mind. That means not just keeping our pods out of the landfill, but focusing on zero waste-to-landfill companywide. We’re also innovating for social responsibility — from programs within our grower communities at origin that promote better livelihoods for their farms and families, to supporting our North American employee communities by creating safe and healthful work environments.

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Resource Recycling Systems and Moore Recycling Associates Inc., “2015–16 Centralized Study on Availability of Plastic KEURIG RECYCLING HUB SPECS Recycling,” July 2016.
Resource Recycling Systems proprietary database, state permitting records, and BioCycle’s findacomposter.com andCompost Council of Canada; sourced from the Resource Recycling Systems Canada Survey 2015–2016.