Without wishing any personal misfortune on the creators of the Keurig coffee maker (“The Buzz Machine,” August 7, by Daniel McGinn), I sincerely hope this technology goes the way of the bread machine. Lazy Americans need not create more plastic when existing technologies work just as well.
Jonathan Westcott / Medway
Under the accompanying article “Getting Greener,” McGinn writes, “Keurig research suggests that only a very small percentage of its customers feel guilty about plastic, non-recyclable K-Cups.” I’m not surprised. Pandering to Americans’ preference for ease over responsibility makes money. Getting greener? Not, it seems, if it cuts into the company’s bottom line.
Peterborough, New Hampshire
I am still hopeful that Keurig will make a recyclable K-Cup. Until then, I will continue to use my percolator – which, by the way, fits on my counter perfectly.
Susan Parziale / Lynnfield
I was delighted to read David Gessner’s article on the Charles River (“View From the River,” August 7). I recently bought a kayak, and I have been delighted by the stillness while on the, albeit muddy, water. A little piece of heaven only yards away from home. I applaud its stewards.
Patricia A. Miranda / Dedham
I enjoyed hearing about the efforts of Dan Driscoll, from the state Department of Conservation, to save areas of the Charles riverfront. I especially appreciated his attitude that “we don’t need some sort of pure movement run by pure people.” In other words, embrace who you are, imperfections and all, and do the right next thing.
Christine Burgess / Merrimac
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