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Recycled Advent Calendar

Posted by  ·  July 15, 2014  ·  Last Updated: July 15, 2014

We use a Keurig at  our home. At first I was concerned about the cost, but realized we weren’t throwing away coffee so it made sense for us. There was still one thing that bothered us….. throwing away all the K-Cups. It seems like a huge environmental footprint when you think of the billions of cups being thrown away…. actually 2.8 billion cubic feet of waste in our landfills every year to be exact!  16 million US households now own single serve brewers and that equates to 9.6 BILLION cups every year.  Well now there is a handy way to recycle those cups, The Recycle A Cup. It is specifically designed to help you split the K-Cups into their individually recyclable pieces.

recycle a cupIt cuts and separates the Keurig K-Cups for recycling. Load the used K-Cup in the Recycle A Cup holder. recycle a cup tutorial

Place lid onto holder, twist the lid 1/4 of a turn. Press both cartridge buttons. Keep buttons pressed and turn lid completely around the cup.

recycle a cup photo

It neatly separates the pieces for easy recycling and crafting!

recycle a cup how it worksSo throw the grounds and paper on the compost pile, foil into the recycling and be sure to save the plastic cup to make an amazing Advent Calendar!

How to use K-Cups to make an Advent Calendar recycled advent calendarSupplies for recycled Advent Calendar using K-Cups

You will need a 2 inch hole punch, patterned paper, tape roller, green cardboard (or cardboard painted green), dimensional glitter sticker numbers, glue gun and mini candy bars.

recycled advent calendar supplies

The plastic K-Cups cups hold a bite size candy bar perfectly!

recycled advent calendar cupsPunch 25- 2 inch circles to cover the tops of the cups.

recycled advent calendar making topsStick number on each of the circles.

recycled advent calendar numbersPlace the tape around the back edge of each circle.

recycled advent calendar elmers glue

Place circles on top of the cups.

recycled advent calendar daily cups

Cut a tree shape out of green cardboard.

recycled advent calendar how to

Hot glue cups to the green cardboard.

recycled advent calendar adding cupsWhat a great way to upcycle those plastic cups!

recycled advent calendar side viewI have a special offer for you! Order Recycle A Cup through recycleacup.com and you can purchase the Recycle A Cup for only $9.99 (retail value $14.99) and  also get FREE SHIPPING! Cool! This offer expires September 1, 2014. Use coupon code  ct39qq

Please tell all your friends about Recycle A Cup. We can each make this small contribution to our environment that will have a significant impact!



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  2. Laura
    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
    What a fantastic idea!!

    I love that recycling is on your mind; the magnitude of trash from one simple product is mind boggling. Being able to do something about it is empowering!

    What a fun spin on traditional advent calendars!
  3. Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
    I love this so much! I am always looking for advent calendar ideas! I am soooo pinning this to my advent calendar board on Pinterest!
  4. Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
    So so great! That's fantastic, both the product and the project you came up with. Love it.

    (And yes, I'm still around. Hope you're doing well!)