Keurig Canada introduces coffee makers made with PCR plastic content

23 November 2020 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2020 17:58)

Non-alcoholic beverage company Keurig Dr Pepper Canada has introduced new coffee makers produced using post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic.

Non-alcoholic beverage company Keurig Dr Pepper Canada has introduced new coffee makers produced using post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic.

Named Keurig K-Mini and K-Mini Plus, the new matte black coffee makers feature a minimum of 20% and 30%, respectively.

The new launch enhances the company’s sustainability commitment and improves its environmental impact.

It is also in line with the company’s sustainability goal to use 30% PCR content across its packaging portfolio by 2025.

Keurig Dr Pepper Canada president Stéphane Glorieux said: “The launch of these brewers represents a significant step forward in our sustainability journey as a company and our broader efforts to build a more circular economy in Canada.

“With Lavergne’s valued guidance and expertise, we have been able to reduce our use of virgin plastic, our energy consumption and our greenhouse gas emissions, while helping to give a useful second life to valuable materials that would otherwise end up in landfill.”

Keurig Dr Pepper Canada is working on increasing PCR content in its coffee makers, including pursuing the inclusion of PCR in both Canada and the US.

As part of this initiative, the company partnered with Montreal-based second life plastic transformation firm Lavergne.

Lavergne develops and supply sustainably engineered resins for use in the new coffee makers.

Lavergne president and founder Jean-Luc Lavergne said: “We are pleased to collaborate closely with Keurig Dr Pepper Canada in our shared mission to make plastic manufacturing a more circular process.

“Importantly, we are already partnering with Keurig Dr Pepper Canada on the next phase, creating a complete closed-loop process that integrates recycled plastic from reclaimed Keurig coffee makers and turning them into new products.”

Last month, Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) started switching its Snapple and CORE brands to 100% recycled (rPET) plastic.