Hamburg just banned those awful single use coffee pods in the name of Mother Earth

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"I have measured out my life in coffee spoons."

Had T. S. Eliot been alive today, he might have measured his life in a different increment — single-use coffee pods.

But those single-use coffee pods it turns out, are an environmental nightmare which is why Hamburg, Germany is taking a stand. Germany's second-largest city became the first in the world to ban them in state-owned buildings.

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In January, the Hamburg Department of the Environment and Energy released a report that detailed the new rules and regulations.

Translated as the "Guide to Sustainable Procurement," the report says the pods generate unnecessary waste and hurt the environment. (Quick digression: the German word for the single-use coffee pods is amazing: "Kaffeekapselmaschine.")

Coffee pod manufacturers have been criticized for wastefulness in the past because the product is "not recyclable or biodegradable," the Atlantic noted in March, which also explains roughly one-third of Americans own single-use coffee machines in their homes.

According to the article, the number of pods consumed in 2014 alone could circle the planet nearly 11 times. And there are no signs that sales will abate anytime soon.

For coffee pod lovers, this could cause some jitteriness. But for those who love the planet, it's reason to breathe a little easier.

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Hamburg just banned those awful single use coffee pods in the name of Mother Earth
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015 John Rogers displays single-serve coffee pods at the Rogers Family Company in Lincoln, Calif. The Rogers company, coffee roasters who among other products, makes biodegradable single-serve coffee pods for use in the Keurig Green Mountain's single-serve coffee machines. The Rogers company is one of more than a dozen-coffee-makers and other businesses suing Keurig over what they claim is Keurig's unfair trade efforts to shut out competing single-serve coffee rivals.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015, single-serve coffee pods, made of biodegradable materials, are moved by conveyor for packaging at the Rogers Family Company in Lincoln, Calif. The Rogers company is one of several coffee roasters who make single-serve coffee pods for use in the Keurig Green Mountain's single-serve coffee machines. The Rogers Company is one of more than a dozen-coffee-makers and other businesses suing Keurig over what they claim is Keurig's unfair trade efforts to shut out competing single-serve coffee rivals.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015 coffee taster Susana Gallegos samples coffee at the Rogers Family Company in Lincoln, Calif. The Rogers company, coffee roasters who among other products, makes biodegradable single-serve coffee pods for use in the Keurig Green Mountain's single-serve coffee machines. The Rogers company is one of more than a dozen-coffee-makers and other businesses suing Keurig over what they claim is Keurigs unfair trade efforts to shut out competing single-serve coffee rivals.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Enrique Salazar inspects bags of coffee to be roasted at the Rogers Family Company in Lincoln, Calif. The Rogers company is one of several coffee roasters who make single-serve coffee pods for use in the Keurig Green Mountain's single-serve coffee machines. The Rogers Company is one of more than a dozen-coffee-makers and other businesses suing Keurig over what they claim is Keurig's unfair trade efforts to shut out competing single-serve coffee rivals.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015, John Rogers displays a single-serve coffee pod at the Rogers Family Company in Lincoln, Calif. The Rogers company, coffee roasters who among their products makes biodegradable single-serve coffee pods for use in the Keurig Green Mountain's single-serve coffee machines. The Rogers company is one of more than a dozen-coffee-makers and other businesses suing Keurig over what they claim is Keurig's unfair trade efforts to shut out competing single-serve coffee rivals.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015, packaged coffee pods highlighting the biodegradability of it's product, are stacked for shipment from the Rogers Family Company in Lincoln, Calif. The Rogers company is one of several coffee roasters who make single-serve coffee pods for use in the Keurig Green Mountain's single- serve coffee machines. The Rogers company is one of more than a dozen-coffee-makers and other businesses suing Keurig over what they claim is Keurig's unfair trade efforts to shut out competing single-serve coffee rivals.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Gardenia Reynoso stacks packaged coffee pods to be shipped from the Rogers Family Company in Lincoln, Calif. The Rogers company is one of several coffee roasters who make single-serve coffee pods for use in the Keurig Green Mountain's single- serve coffee machines. The Rogers company is one of more than a dozen-coffee-makers and other businesses suing Keurig over what they claim is Keurig's unfair trade efforts to shut out competing single-serve coffee rivals.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015, "Freedom Clips" for use in the Keurig Green Mountain 2.0 coffee machine are displayed at the Rogers Family Company facility in Lincoln, Calif. Keurig Green Mountain, the titians of singe-serve coffee, introduced it's Keurig 2.0, in 2014, that was specifically designed to lock out the use of rival pods in their machines. Placing a Freedom Clip on the Keurig coffee machines allow consumers to use rival brands of coffee pods.The Rogers company is one of more than a dozen-coffee-makers and other businesses suing Keurig over what they claim is Keurig's unfair trade efforts to shut out competing single-serve coffee rivals.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015 John Rogers displays freshly roasted coffee at the Rogers Family Company in Lincoln, Calif. The Rogers company is one of several coffee roasters who make single-serve coffee pods for use in the Keurig Green Mountain's single-serve coffee machines. The Rogers Company is one of more than a dozen-coffee-makers and other businesses suing Keurig over what they claim is Keurig's unfair trade efforts to shut out competing single-serve coffee rivals.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015, John Rogers displays a "Freedom Clip," for use on the Keurig Green Mountain 2.0 coffee machine, at the Rogers Family Company facility in Lincoln, Calif. Keurig Green Mountain, the titians of singe-serve coffee, introduced it's Keurig 2.0, in 2014, that was specifically designed to lock out the use of rival pods in their machines. Placing a "Freedom Clip" on the Keurig machines allows consumers to use rival brands of coffee pods.The Rogers company is one of more than a dozen-coffee-makers and other businesses suing Keurig over what they claim is Keurigs unfair trade efforts to shut out competing single-serve coffee rivals.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 05: In this photo illustration, Keurig Green Mountain Inc. K-Cup coffee packs are seen on March 5, 2015 in Miami, Florida. John Sylvan the inventor of the popular Keurig K-Cups is reported to have said that he regrets making the non-recyclable, single-serve coffee pods, because they are bad for the environment. (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Boxes of Nestle SA Nespresso-compatible coffee pods, produced by CafePod Ltd., sit on a shelf inside a supermarket in Godalming, U.K., on Thursday, May 2, 2013. U.K. consumer confidence unexpectedly declined in April as inflation extended its run above the Bank of England's goal, increasing households' concern about their personal finances. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 15: Individual Nespresso coffee capsules sit on display at a Nestle Nespresso Shop in Bern, Switzerland, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007. The world's largest coffee maker is stepping up expansion of its Nespresso single-serve espresso system in the U.S. as part of a plan to double sales of the product to 2 billion Swiss francs ($1.8 billion) by 2009. Nespresso machines only function with pods of coffee made and sold by Nestle. (Photo by Adrian Moser/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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