Biome Bioplastics, a UK developer of natural plastics, has helped to develop a biodegradable coffee pod, offering one of the first sustainable packaging alternatives in the single-serve market.
An estimated 9.1 billion single-serve coffee and drink cartridges wind up in US landfills every year. Coffee-pod machines are also increasingly popular in Britain, with usage equating to around 186 million capsules a year.
Unfortunately, single-serve coffee pods are not easily recyclable. Mixed material pods are sent to landfill and those brands that do offer a recycling service have few recycling points and limited collection service. With mounting pressure around the environmental impact of their success, the coffee industry urgently needs more sustainable packaging options.
Biome Bioplastics has developed a portfolio of compostable materials for coffee pods based on renewable, natural resources, including plant starches and tree byproducts. These bioplastics will degrade to prescribed international standards in composting environments.