Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Capsule coffee machine and landfill



 Just recently we treated ourselves to a new coffee machine.  It was at the lower end of the price scale and uses capsules of coffee.  It is clean, efficient and user friendly.
 
 I am not the coffee maker in this house - this task along with stacking the dishwasher are the responsibility of the man of the house, however he is not always here and so it was up to me to empty the discarded capsules from the tray last night.

Each cup of coffee uses one capsule  so they soon accumulate.  Being a curious person, I decided to dismantle the used capsules.  Each capsule has a foiled lid which I threw out but in the pics you can see there are three other components.  Now I found this to be a dreadfully wasteful system and my question is of course "how can I make use of these items.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  I am thinking the circular plastic pieces would make good bases for buttons or brooches.  The little cups would be good for mixing paints etc.

What do you think? 


3 comments:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Could make pretty buttons. You can buy a little gold filter capsule for these machines and use any coffee in them..Then you don't have all that plastic to discard. xox

margaret said...

my mouth is watering at the thought of a good cup of coffee from your machine. Sorry my imagination is not in gear so no recommendations from me this time

Gina E. said...

I am appalled at the waste of resources in making those pods. What is wrong with instant coffee in jars or tins, or coffee beans (whole or ground) in foil packets? Even if you do find a use for what you have accumulated, think of all the other pods thrown into the rubbish...