Keurig Canada launches coffee makers made with recycled plastic
Keurig Canada, doing business as Keurig Dr Pepper Canada, has reached a key milestone in its sustainability journey with the launch of the new Keurig K-Mini and K-Mini Plus coffee makers, made with at least 20% and 30% post-consumer recycled plastic, respectively.
Since 2019, the organization has been building a business model that focuses on sustainability by improving its environmental impact with innovative solutions that create a new life and value for existing renewable sources of plastics found across Canada. For this particular initiative, the company is partnering with Lavergne, a Montreal-based leader in second life plastic transformation, to develop and supply sustainably engineered resins for use in the Keurig K-Mini and K-Mini Plus. This work is critical to the advancement of Keurig Dr Pepper's goal of using 30% PCR content across its packaging portfolio by 2025.
"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," said Stéphane Glorieux, President of Keurig Dr Pepper 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."
"We are pleased to collaborate closely with Keurig Dr Pepper Canada in our shared mission to make plastic manufacturing a more circular process," said Jean-Luc Lavergne, President and Founder of Lavergne. "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."
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