Q: The plastic that is used in K-Cups, is it safe?
A: When this question is asked, it’s generally in reference to BPA (Bisphenol A) being present in the k-cups. To answer this question first, no there is no BPA in k-cups. Green Mountain uses a variety of different plastics in their k-cups. CoffeeDetective.Com was also posted this question, to which discovered:
“1) The K-Cup package is made up of three main elements — the cup itself, a layer of filter paper and an aluminum foil top.
2) The cups themselves aren’t recyclable, yet, but they’re working on it.
3) Technically speaking, the plastic in the cups is #7 – meaning it’s a mix of plastics (as opposed to just one kind of plastic). This is what makes it a problem for recycling. It’s also what makes it bullet proof in terms of protecting and preserving the coffee inside.
4) The K-Cups are nitrogen-flushed, sealed for freshness, and impermeable to oxygen, moisture and light.”