Genius Ways to Repurpose K-Cups [Visual]

K-Cups make life easier in a lot of ways. They’re fast, convenient, and a surefire way to satisfy a caffeine addiction.

There’s just one (big) problem with these little coffee dispensers: K-Cups are a bane for the environment. Once plastic ends up in landfills, it remains there for hundreds, maybe even thousands, of years. These landfills pollute air, land, and water; destroy wildlife habitat; and are major sources of greenhouse gases, which speed up climate change.

There are several ways to reduce K-Cups’ environmental impact (outside of not using them in the first place). For starters, there are more and more opportunities to recycle K-Cups. If that’s not an option where you live, then don’t give up hope: It’s also possible to keep K-Cups out of the waste stream by creatively reusing them.

What good is a used K-Cup, you might wonder? Turns out, it can be used in a multitude of ways. Here are just a couple of the many creative ways to reuse K-Cups 💚

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Eco-Friendly Options for the Worst Sustainability Offenders at Weddings [Visual]

Everything we throw away which can’t be recycled has a negative impact on the environment. If something isn’t biodegradable, it could take thousands of years to break down naturally.

Individually, one wedding can produce as much as 20kg of plastic waste. But it’s not just plastic which has an impact. Food wastage is also a common theme for most weddings. Sadly, weddings are again one of the chief offenders when it comes to CO2 contributions. As many as 14.5 tonnes of the gas will be created during an average celebration.

Some wedding troupes are more harmful than others. Here are a few common inclusions which you might not realise are having a negative impact on the environment. Don’t worry, though. These are all common aspects of a wedding – which means alternative, eco-friendly options, have already been created.

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Reduce your Household Food Waste with a touch of a button [App]

At Cup O’ Sugar, Earth Day is not just a day but the company ethos. The iOS app was launched with the vision of reducing food waste one connection at a time and that is exactly what Cup O’ Sugar is doing. By redefining the ways communities interact and connect with one another, the environment is positively affected.

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Menstrual Care [Guides]

The platform for Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated annually on the 28th of May, shares some guides to raise awareness on the lack of education on the issue, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to hygienic menstrual products and poor sanitation infrastructure undermining the educational opportunities, health and overall social status of women and girls around the world resulting in millions of women and girls are kept from reaching their full potential. Some guides follow below:

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Design and Architecture vs. Climate Change: What Does the Future Bring

Numerous detrimental influences on nature and human health have been linked to conventional construction methods. With growing concerns about climate change, an increasing number of people are taking steps in order to minimize their carbon footprint, as well as to invest in homes and structures that will be able to last and perform their function well into the future. From creating floating houses to homes that adapt to the weather, environmentally conscious architects are changing the way we build.

But green living doesn’t have to look (or cost) like something out of a sci-fi movie. Today, there is a vast availability of ecological materials that can keep inhabitants safe while contributing to minimized pollution. Combined with modern design solutions, they’re helping create aesthetically pleasing homes in which families can live comfortably and sustainably.

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