bbc: a new study suggests that, contrary to popular belief, those little single-use coffee pods might be better for the environment than regular drip coffee and other methods
the researchers explained more in the conversation magazine: most of the emissions from your cup of coffee come from farming the coffee. pods use way less coffee, so are generally better
but npr had doubts: the research wasn’t peer-reviewed, and other research contradicts it. and while attention-grabbing, stories like this distract from bigger environmental issues
mongabay: it’s hard to know how much of an environmental impact coffee pods have, bc coffee companies aren’t transparent about their recycling programs. a lot of it is prob pretty greenwashed
wapo said no matter what the precise right answer is, we can still take the following from the research: using less coffee overall is better, and environmental harm isn’t just about the packaging
perfect daily grind says if you do use coffee pods, aluminum ones are def better for the environment than plastic. they’re way more recyclable -- and as a bonus, better at keeping your coffee fresh
and eatthis.com offered another reason to switch to aluminum, or even reusable stainless steel pods: when heated up, the plastic pods could be leaching harmful chemicals into your morning brew
and fast company reported on a new podless alternative: the coffee ball. it’s a ball of ground coffee covered in a natural polymer film, developed by swiss company delica. no more plastic *or* aluminum!