It's been known that K-cups have been causing a lot of waste ever since the Keurig came out in the early 2000s. According to NPR in 2015 sixty billion K-Cups had gone into landfills which is crazy! The convenient and quick cup of coffee in minutes is hard to ditch! So here are a few socially responsible K-Cup brands changing the game with recyclable K-Cups. I've personally tried all three and am a fan of every single one!
Singing Rooster: Fair Trade Coffee from Haiti
One of my favorites! I actually discovered their coffee on my study abroad trip to Haiti back in 2017. Singing Rooster is part of the Fair Trade Federation and works to supply the U.S. market with gourmet Haitian coffee by partnering commercially with small producers in Haiti to build better businesses. Singing Rooster helps farmers with business training, equipment upgrades, and more.
Farmers are paid a MINIMUM of $3 per pound which exceeds the average farmers usually make. Singing Rooster returns another 50 cents after crops sell for continued business development. The remainder of cost pays for export/import, transport to roastery, warehousing, roasting, bagging, shipping. Since Singing Rooster is a non-profit 100% of proceeds from sales are reinvested into farmer communities in the form of agricultural, small business management, and entrepreneurial development activities. So much awesome social impact in one cup of joe!
My personal favorite roast from Singing Rooster is the Medium-Dark Vienna! This blend is described as the goldilocks blend because it's not too dark and not too light. Singing Rooster's recyclable k-cups make it easy to enjoy this "goldilocks blend" guilt free!
Laughing Man: Celebrity Power for Change
Laughing Man is an unexpected celebrity brand founded by Hugh Jackman. So awesome when celebs use their influence for positive change! Hugh Jackman's coffee brand started off of a promise he made to a coffee farmer when traveling to Ethiopia. Laughing Man coffee is Fair Trade Certified. Laughing Man works to make the coffee business more sustainable by working hands on with farmers and communities. 100% of profits are returned to the Laughing Man Foundation, which Jackman created to support educational programs, community development and social entrepreneurs around the world. Personally, I love Hugh's Blend which is a medium roast! Also, fun fact they have a cafe in NY that I've been dying to visit!
Eko-Cups: Organic, Fair Trade Coffee
Eco-Cups is USDA Certified, Fair Trade and Organic Coffee, Gluten and Lactose free, OU Kosher, and Vegan. Eko-cups is the perfect brand if you're a flavored coffee person. They carry a variety of roasts and flavors including vanilla, burnt caramel, hazelnut, and the list goes on! They have a great deal on a variety pack you can order from Amazon if you can't decide which flavor to try! My personal favorite Eko-Cup is Bold. The K-Cups are easy to recycle after use!
***Fun fact, according to Time magazine, Americans spend an average of $40 billion on coffee every year. That's insane! Think how amazing it would be, if that $40 billion was invested in positive social change such as fair trade.