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Are Keurig Pods Bad for You?

Last Updated > August 10, 2022

If you’ve ever had a cup of coffee that tasted like plastic, or if you’ve ever thought “That’s it! I’m never using a Keurig again,” then we have some bad news. The company behind the popular K-cup machine has been accused of contributing to thousands of pollution-related deaths every year by releasing toxins into our waterways and air. So what’s causing these issues? Let’s dive into this complicated topic!

The plastic inside K-Cups.

The plastic inside K-Cups is bad for you.

It’s true that the plastic is a little bit better than other types of packaging, but it still isn’t great for your body or the environment. In fact, there are many negative effects associated with drinking out of these cups:

  • Plastic can leak toxins into your cup (and then into your body). Some chemicals in plastics can leach into food when they’re heated at high temperatures, which may cause problems like cancer or organ failure down the road.* Plastics are not recyclable; they end up in landfills instead.* Recycling programs typically don’t take food packaging materials like aluminum foil wrappers and plastic straws into account when calculating how much trash they send to landfills every year.* Biodegradable plastics aren’t actually biodegradable; instead they break down over time as bacteria decompose them into smaller pieces that become part of our soil ecosystem again after being digested by plants again!

The plastic in the pods can leak toxins into your cup.

The plastic in the pods can leak toxins into your cup.

The plastic that’s used to make K-Cups is made from phthalates and other substances, which can leach into your coffee as you drink it. These chemicals may be harmful to human health, especially if they are consumed over a long period of time. Some of these chemicals include:

  • BPA (Bisphenol A) – found in certain plastics such as polycarbonate, epoxy resins, polyester resin and acrylics; this chemical has been linked with cancer development in humans and animals
  • DEHA – another type of bisphenol used in plastics like polycarbonate that have been found to cause developmental problems in rats when given orally at high doses

They’re bad for the environment.

When it comes to the environment, Keurig pods are bad news. The plastic used in their construction is not recyclables and there’s no way that you can reuse them once they’ve been used up. The company doesn’t even offer recycling programs for its own products!

The coffee machines themselves don’t behave well either—they’re not biodegradable or compostable at all (like most other things), which means they’ll end up being buried in landfills somewhere with all of our other waste materials from around us. And if we do decide to recycle our old K-Cups, there’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to find a recycler willing take them off our hands because they were made out of plastic anyway!

Most K-Cups aren’t recyclable.

The good news is that most Keurig K-Cups aren’t recyclable. They’re made of plastic and foil, which makes them difficult to recycle. Plus, even if you do manage to get your K-Cup in the bin, it won’t be accepted by most recycling programs because it’s too large for municipal facilities to handle.

If you want an environmentally friendly option when brewing your morning coffee or tea at home, consider using reusable mugs instead of disposable ones (which often contain dyes). You can also use reusable k cups instead of buying new ones each time you want a cup o’ joe!

The water inside the pods can be contaminated.

The water inside the pods can be contaminated. Keurig K Cups are filled with water, and there’s no telling what kind of bacteria or chemicals it has in it.

You may want to wait until you get home to use your cup so that you don’t contaminate yourself with whatever was in the machine before you got a chance to drink from it.

They contribute to thousands of pollution-related deaths a year.

Keurig pods are made from petroleum. They’re not biodegradable, so they can’t be recycled and will remain in landfills forever. The majority of plastic cups on the market today—and especially those used in hot beverages like coffee or tea—are made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which is one of the most common plastics on earth. This type of plastic has been found to leach harmful chemicals into food when heated up at high temperatures, including lead and bisphenol A (BPA).

Pods also contribute heavily to pollution through their use as disposable packaging materials: each pod contains enough material for an average person to fill up five reusable mugs’ worth of liquid!

Keurig machines and their pods are bad for you and the environment.

If you’ve ever used a Keurig machine, you know how convenient it is. The pods are designed to make coffee or tea brewing quick and easy—just insert the pod into your machine, press a button and wait for each cup to brew. But did you know that these machines use plastic cups? And did you also know that those same pods can leach chemicals into your drink?

That’s right: even though they’re completely recyclable (and even biodegradable), most K-Cups contain BPA and other toxins that have been linked to cancer in animals; some studies have even found traces of lead in some brands’ products! So while they may taste delicious when they’re fresh out of their package—and trust me on this one—you should avoid drinking any caffeinated beverage from an old-school metal container anytime soon.


We hope that this article has been helpful in informing you about the dangers of K-Cups and Keurig machines. If you have any more questions or concerns regarding these products, please reach out to us at (888) 969-7774 or visit our website today!


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