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Compostable Coffee Pods: Why Is It A Good Idea?

December 15, 2020

Compostable Coffee Pods: Why Is It A Good Idea?

The capsule coffee machine has a significant market share in the global market. It is valued at 8453.4 million USD in 2020. And is estimated to rise still further – approximately 21630 million USD by 2026. This love for coffee, however, has not been kind to the environment. Every year around 20 billion coffee pods end up in landfills. So it makes good sense to shift to eco-friendly alternatives like compostable coffee pods.

Compostable coffee pods are eco-friendly coffee pods and are made from bio-based products. Unlike the conventional pod that take years to decompose the compostable pods take a few weeks to break down in industrial composting conditions. The eco coffee pods are made from compostable materials like sugarcane, starch or lignin and have a lower environmental impact compared to plastic or aluminium capsules. If you are still not convinced then here are a few more reasons why going for compostable coffee pods is a good idea.

 Better than recycled coffee pods

Compostable coffee pods are better than recycled pods. Not all recycled coffee pods are easy to compost. They need to be clean, free from coffee grounds and all the different materials need to be separated for effective composting. But this is not the case with compostable pods. Being organic, they break down easily. Additionally, they create nutrient-rich soil –much required for healthy crops.

Less burden on the planet

Conventional coffee pods with aluminium or plastic components burden the landfills. In fact, 75 per cent of them end up in the landfill. And it takes a minimum of 500 years for them to decompose. By switching to compostable coffee pods, you reduce this waste.

One example is the Novell Group that makes Nespresso compatible capsule. The compostable coffee pods can degrade within 12-20 weeks in industrial composting conditions.

Compostable coffee pods –A win-win situation

Research points out that filter coffee uses more beans for a single cup of coffee than coffee pods. It is energy-intensive when you add the harvest, transport and other processing costs. Capsules are more efficient- the energy required to brew coffee is low when compared to the other coffee brewing alternatives. Also, its environmental footprint is low. Thus they offer the best of both worlds. The advantage of hassle-free coffee and easy disposal without the burden of contributing waste to landfills.

So enjoy that perfect guilt-free cup of coffee by switching to compostable coffee pods.

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