The Keurig introduced the world to capsule coffee making. It was deemed an ingenious design that allowed for people to make single coffee servings rather than an entire pot that need to be washed or have half its contents poured down the sink. Before long, there was a pod coffee machine in practically every office space in America, and many home kitchens. But there was a snag.
In 2015, the inventor of the "K-cups," John Sylvan told The Atlantic that he regretted ever coming up with the idea. He sold his company to Green Mountain for $50,000 in 1997 and has seen pollution and pile up from the cups everywhere.
"I told them how to improve it, but they don't want to listen," Sylvan claimed, saying he'd already tested and designed a recyclable version. Keurig responded to Sylvan's viral comments by saying they themselves have been working on recyclable technology for their machines by 2020, and attempted to block Sylvan's new design from working in their machines.
“No matter what they say about recycling, those things will never be recyclable,” Sylvan said. “The plastic is a specialized plastic made of four different layers."