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
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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