GMCR makes specialty coffees and other beverages including tea, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider, along with the innovative Keurig® single cup brewers to serve them.
We believe that innovation has a close relationship with sustainability. Innovation has allowed us to improve energy efficiency across our operations and increase the amount of waste we recycle and compost while maintaining the safety and quality of our products. Innovation, in combination with comprehensive life cycle assessments, helps us to evolve our operations and products.
Over the past several years, we have implemented a variety of changes in our product design and operations in our quest to reduce overall environmental impacts and enhance business value, including the following:
- By introducing “nested” packaging for 12, 16, 18 count K-Cup packs as well as 12 and 16 count Vue packs we reduced packaging size by 30% and decreased shipping-related greenhouse gas emissions by 20% as compared to loose fill.
- We use 19% polylactic acid (PLA), which is a renewable polymer from natural cornstarches, in the packaging film for 10- and 12-ounce bagged coffees for the Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman’s Own® Organics, and Tully’s Coffee® brands.
- We launched the Vue® packs to our U.S. market. After use and once the Vue® pack cools and the lid and contents can be separated, the Vue® pack cup can be recycled anywhere that polypropylene/#5 plastic is accepted. Because #5 plastics cannot be recycled in every community, we recommend that consumers check with their local community or waste hauler for recycling options.
- The My K-Cup® product is a reusable filter assembly that we designed to be easily cleaned, refilled, and placed into home K-Cup® brewing systems.