As I mentioned in my earlier posts, one of my biggest issues with the Keurig is the never ending amount of waste created by the use of the K-Cups. However, I’m obviously not the only one who shares these concerns. A quick search brings up dozens of suggestions on how to reuse K-Cups, including:
There’s really no need for me to reinvent the wheel, right? Some of these lists have some great ideas.
PLUS: I’m not going to give it away yet but I’ve got my own great plan for some small Christmas gifts that will be making use of my limited collection of leftover K-Cups. (Which were sent for review. See Part 1. )
FYI, it wasn’t difficult or labour intensive to empty the cups. Just peel back the foil (and recycle it), then compost the grounds (or use them for exfoliating). And fear not, loyal readers, the supply pictured above is finite. I will not be purchasing any disposable cups myself and will, instead, just take advantage of a reusable filter.
As I mentioned in my previous post, one of the redeeming qualities of the Keurig is its energy efficiency when it comes to heating water. So, when I take a break from worrying about all the other K-Cups floating around in our garbage heaps, I’ll try to focus on the efficiency factor and take advantage of the convenient hot water for a sweet steam facial.
- hot water
- essential oils (I used sweet orange and lavender)
- dried herbs and flowers (I used dried lavender)
Essential oils can be quite intense so start with just a drop until you know how you can handle them. Just fill the bowl with the hot water and let your face hover above the steam. Cover your head with a towel to keep in the heat and create a fragrant little tent in which you can relax and enjoy.
Take a few deep breaths and chill. None of us can solve all the world’s problems at once.