Germany banning single-use coffee pods is an essential step towards cutting down on commercial waste, and in my opinion should be copied by other countries. Though the ban may seem too small to make much difference, if it were adopted by other countries this would increase the effectiveness greatly, and would increase the likelihood of further waste reduction schemes.
The inventor of one of the largest brands of single-use coffee pods has gone on record to say that he regrets this and hates the effect that his product has had on the environment. Germany has taken a big step forward in banning these and outher countries should follow suit.
While we need to help the environment as a global community by reducing our waste, if countries ban single-use coffee pods as Germany has, companies like Keurig would be crippled. There is a huge consumer demand for the product and that need should be met. Those who have moral obligations to the use of single-use coffee pods can choose not to use them. By banning single use coffee pods, millions of consumers who have bought Keurig machines will have spent hundreds of dollars on a product they can no longer use and thousands of employees will be fired when the single-use coffee pod companies are forced out of business.
Banning single use coffee pods is a worthwhile endeavor, however it does not solve the base issue that said pods are a convenience and luxury that people desire. The problem seems to be that these single use pods are non-recyclable and difficult to deal with. If instead of banning them outright, methods were sought and laws created that would mandate more eco-friendly methods of brewing a single cup of coffee, then a compromise of sustainability and luxury could be reached. Should the price per cup of coffee be raised as a result of this, then it should be considered a reasonable cost to maintain what is, in fact, a luxury.