Go Java: From Single Serve Coffee Pods to Playgrounds


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I’m on a roll lately but not without my coffee. I am not a morning person, I don’t wake up peppy and ready to tackle the world. I wake up with crazy hair, bad breath and some days I put my 7 month olds diapers on my 2 year old. The 30 steps it takes to get to the kitchen with 2 kids in my arms are usually done with eyes half closed. Then I press “Brew” on my Keurig and wait for the “Nectar of the Gods” to brew. Less than a minute later, black as tar, I get my delicious boost and all is good in the world.

My Keurig goes ALL DAY long. That is a lot of K-Cups and a lot of trash. In the summer months the use the cups for seedlings and the kids play with them in their sandbox to make mini sand castles but that is still not enough. We have all seen the stat that mentions 2014 saw enough K-Cups be bought (and thrown out) to circle the world 10 times. I’m glad a local company has taken charge in the fight to be more eco-friendly.


GoJava.ca is a website that caters to the GTA. It has taken the K-Cup game to a new level and the service is a game changer for everyone who was hesitant to buy a coffee machine that takes K-Cups and Pods.gojava1

How GoJava.ca works is easy. You go to their website, place your order for coffee which is either cheaper or on par with other retailers, and it get’s delivered to your door the next business day for free (on order over $40). It comes with a GoJava Recycling Bin for you to put all of your used pods. For me the real kicker was that they didn’t ring my doorbell and just left my order on my step. No trying to make myself presentable or putting on a bra, win-win.gojava2

I still have quite some coffee left before I place my next order but when I do I will be placing my used pods on my doorstep where they will be collected by the GoJava.ca delivery guy. If you are ordering to your workplace GoJava.ca will go right in and collect the used pods and cups. It is after this collection where the magic happens.gojava3

GoJava has partnered with TerraCycle Canada to recycle the pods. TerraCycle has a special processor that is able to seperate the coffee and plastic and grind down all of the componants. Coffee gets used as compost and the plastic gets turned into plastic lumber that is then used to make flooring, park benches and even playgrounds. So that coffee addiction that makes it possible to parent each day could possibly be what your kids will be playing on in the future.

In Toronto about 30% of homes and offices use single cup coffee machines such as Keurig, Tassimo or Nespresso. There is no maximum to the amount of pods that GoJava.ca and TerraCycle Canada can recycle.

Drink all the coffee, order from GoJava.ca, get it delivered to your door, get the trash picked up at the door, and know the used pods and cups are going to a good cause.

Connecting With GoJava.ca

You can get more details about GoJava.ca on their website here and also follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


GoJava is giving away a $100 GoJava giftcard for you to try their coffee and recycling program. You must be located in Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Thornhill, Markham, Richmond Hill or Vaughan to be eligible to win as GoJava delivers in those areas. Giveaway runs November 16th 12:00 am through December 2nd at 11:59 pm

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Disclosure: I am part of GoJava.ca’s #recycleyourpods campaign. As always all opinions are my own.

Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. November 17, 2015 / 4:00 pm

    Isn’t it great! I started using GoJava at the school where I teach, and the kids loved hearing that the teachers’ coffee is making playgrounds 🙂

  2. jan
    November 17, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    I have to admit that I gave my Keurig up due to the waste. I’m glad that it is being rectified here and there.

  3. Alison S
    November 17, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    Sounds neat! I am still a coffee pot kinda gal, with the occasional Starbucks visit, but if I ever switched to K-cups I would definitely give this a try!