The Environment

The Problem

Over 1 billion coffee pods are disposed of in the UK per year. Globally, it’s over 69 billion and laid end-to-end they’d stretch to the moon and back - twice! Consumption is increasing by 8.5% annually.

The average UK coffee pod user drinks over 900 cups of coffee each year.

Plastic and aluminium pods account for 95% of discarded pods and take up to 500 years to decompose in landfill sites.

80% of all coffee pods end up in landfill, in the oceans or incinerated.

Use COFFEE PODS to reduce your waste.

Biodegradable and industrially compostable coffee pods will not decompose in your garden.

Waste management companies in the UK have no facility to separate biodegradable or compostable coffee pods - they end up in landfill or incinerated.

BBC news report

Some mass producing coffee pod companies claim that their pods are ‘compostable’. Read the small print and you’ll find that they have to be industrially composted.

A BBC News article (Nov 2019) highlighted the problem.

An investigation published by Footprint revealed that in its first seven months, Parliament’s scheme had to send all of its compostable plastic to be incinerated, largely because of high levels of contamination. When you've got your food mixed up with everything, as we have in [the UK], everything is difficult to recycle,” says Newman.

In conclusion the report confirmed that products such as compostable coffee pods end up in landfill or incinerated when councils do not have the capability of processing them - not good for the environment.

Other companies who offer to recycle your aluminium pods don’t fair much better, because whilst it makes the company look good, the carbon footprint created in collecting, sorting, shredding, smelting and shipping the processed aluminium is considerable - not good for the environment.

Empty Sugar Cane Coffee Pods

100% Natural

COFFEE PODS are made from sugar cane. World production of sugar cane exceeded 120 million tonnes in 2019. Its one of the most environmentally-friendly products grown. COFFEE PODS are created from bagasse, a fibrous byproduct from sugar cane milling.

Around 40 million tonnes of the bagasse fibres are produced each year so with each pod weighing in at 3 grammes, there’s plenty of the waste product to fulfil our needs without having to resort to aluminium or plastic, both of which require significant processing and refining from their base materials.

The adhesive is a permanent vegetable-based biodegradable and compostable glue.

All printing uses environmentally-friendly, vegetable based ink.

Filling Your Coffee Pods

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