An “Ethical” Product Review: Part 3, Lowering Your Impact

This post is my way of reconciling the use of an environmentally not-so-friendly product with a commitment to review it objectively. I suggest you check out Part 1 and Part 2 before reading on.


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:

25 Ways to Reuse K-Cups

33 Genius Ways to Reuse your K-Cups

8 Reasons Not to Throw Away K-Cups

10 Ways to Recycle Coffee Pods

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. )

K Cups

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.

Steam Facials

  • 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.



3 thoughts on “An “Ethical” Product Review: Part 3, Lowering Your Impact

  1. I really enjoyed this review series.

    At first I was all ‘She’s reviewing what?’ *gasps* *clutches pearls* *faints*

    In the end I think you did an amazing job with your ethical review.

    “Take a few deep breaths and chill. None of us can solve all the world’s problems at once.”


    • Thank you so much for saying that! I was really struggling with wanting to stay a part of Influenster and being true to my own values (and the values that I represent here). I still feel a little slimy about it but…I tried!

      • It’s not my place to tell you how to feel (you have to feel your own feelings!), but if I could, I would say don’t feel slimy. 🙂

        I think you did do a good job and if Influenster is a thing that people are going to continue to use you might as well be true to yourself while enjoying being a part f it. 😀

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