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MAKING EVERY CUP MATTER

Every time you use your Keurig® brewer, you’re part of our journey to make every cup matter. From driving our pursuit of more sustainable products to helping restore clean water to local ecosystems, see how we’re improving the world together, one cup at a time.

Making Recyclability A Priority

We believe that contributing to a healthier, more sustainable environment matters. Through continued recyclability investments and innovations, we’re working to address and improve our impact on the world around us.

Our new recyclable K-Cup® pods are a turning point in the journey

Creating a truly recyclable K-Cup® pod means understanding what really matters. We had to make sure that our pods would be easily recyclable while still maintaining the exceptional quality of the coffee inside. After years of evaluating, innovating, and testing a variety of materials and processes— including a paper option that didn’t hold up to our standards—we’re proud to introduce a new recyclable polypropylene K-Cup® pod. We’re starting our journey with four varieties and more will soon follow. It’s progress that’s right for our coffee, our consumers, and our future.

EXPLORE OUR RECYCLABLE K-CUP® PODS

Giving more people the ability
to recycle

Many communities throughout North America don’t have access to local recycling programs due to lack of infrastructure or funding. To give everyone a chance to recycle in their own homes, Keurig has invested in the Closed Loop Fund, a social impact initiative that provides low to zero interest loans for recycling infrastructure, including curbside recycling programs, recovery facilities, and recycling technologies. So far, our partnership has helped bring single-stream recycling to more than 75,000 families in Ohio and Iowa, with more communities on the way.

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#5 Polypropylene plastics are accepted in the majority of communities in
North America

Ensuring your recycling efforts won’t go to waste

Making our K-Cup® pods recyclable is an important element of a bigger solution. Your local recycler needs to able to efficiently sort and process them, which can be challenging with small plastics. So as part of our development efforts, we tested thousands of used recyclable K-Cup® pods at Material Recovery Facilities to make sure they can be sorted and recovered. And as we continue our journey, we’re committed to working with the recycling industry to streamline and further improve the process, so the things you take to the curb can have a useful, second life.

SEE THE TESTING PROCESS

 

Clean Water for Everyone

We believe everyone should have access to clean water. So we’re working to not only protect and restore our natural resources, but also to better connect people and communities to the water they need to thrive.

Each time you enjoy a cup,
we'll put one back into the ecosystem.

Water is essential to life—for drinking and washing, for recreation, for agriculture, for nature. That’s why for every Keurig® beverage you make, we’re working to restore that same volume of water to the people and places around us.

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Through water balancing, we have restored more than 524 million gallons of water, which would fill nearly 793 Olympic-sized pools.

 

Bringing the Colorado River Delta back
to life

For decades, the once powerful Colorado River Delta had been depleted of much of its water flow, leaving its riverbeds dry and the natural ecosystem devastated. Through a funding partnership with Raise the River, we’ve helped restore 524 million gallons back to the Delta region, and plant more than 110,000 new trees to nourish the ecosystem around it. Today, native wildlife is slowly returning to the area, and neighboring communities are pitching in to keep the restoration going strong.

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Keurig sees water as
both central to its business model and as a central constraint to the economic and human development of communities.”

Our employees are getting dirty for
clean water

When it’s time to act, sometimes it’s the personal, hands-on efforts that mean the most. As part of Keurig’s annual river cleanup and restoration season, our Windsor, VA employees restored Bennett’s Creek in an unexpected way: by planting trees and shrubs rather than picking up trash. Their hard work will help retain water runoff and keep the banks from eroding, helping to ensure that the river is healthy for years to come.

 

Improving Farmer Livelihoods

Coffee is critical to our business. And we believe that the only way to be responsible partners to our farmers is by helping them build a better, stronger, more sustainable future.

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Farmers renovated land
and rehabilitated their
coffee trees

We’re helping farmers cultivate stability

Coffee farmers face many challenges, from protecting their crops from La Roya (leaf rust) and climate change to ensuring their families have enough food to eat year-round. Together with Root Capital, we’re helping farmers get the financial resources and advice they need to keep their businesses and communities going strong. SEE HOW WE CAN HELP

We are proud of being entrepreneurs, managing our own little farm, our own business.”

Juan’s story: Caring for the land in new ways

Drought is a threat in many coffee regions, including Nicaragua. Together with Blue Harvest, we’re helping to give farmers the tools to bounce back. Through funding from the program, Juan Hurtado established a community field school at his farm near San Ramon. Here, he pioneered the use of the soil-enriching canavalia plant to capture excess rainwater and suppress weeds, which reduces the need for pesticides. After seeing such success, Juan now generously distributes his seeds and technical know-how to neighboring farms so that everyone can benefit together.

 

Gemina’s story: Building a business that lifts a community

When Gemina Mukankusi was first approached to be part of a Keurig-funded livelihood diversification project in East Africa, she didn’t have the means to expand her small coffee farm. But with her very first microloan, she began transforming the lives of her family and community. She was immediately able to rent a field to diversify her crops, and used the profits from selling those goods to rent a house and start a successful business. With the money she now earns each month, she’s able to expand her coffee plantation, buy nutritious foods for her family, and encourage other small farmers to follow in her footsteps.