Bioplastic suppliers look to offer consumers a sustainable caffeine fix

Green Mountain Coffee recently noted an 11% increase in K-Cup and portion pack revenue to $777.9 million. K-Cups, coffee capsules, whatever you call it, are in high demand. Worldwide sales of coffee capsules are estimated at about $10 billion, according to Euromonitor. I personally use a Keurig at home and we have one at the Denver UBM Canon office. It's quick, efficient and produces great tasting coffee - what's not to like?

But it's not a perfect packaging story. The cups contain multiple layers: a plastic outer layer, a heat-sealed paper filters on the inside and a polyethylene-coated aluminum foil top. As a result, the cups can't be recycled as a whole unit.

An estimated 9.1 billion single-serve coffee and drink cartridges wind up in U.S. landfills every year, amounting to some 19 million cubic feet of waste, according to some reports....