Eco-Friendliness at The Pod Lab
Coffee Pods are super convenient, it’s why so many Australians love them, however given the sheer volume consumed everyday it’s important we consider the impact they can have on our environment.
At The Pod Lab, we only use 100% Biodegradable and Compostable ‘GreenRing’ capsules which we’ve sourced from a local supplier here in Australia.
The Compostable Capsule
The secret lies in the material used in these plant-based capsules. They are made entirely from sugarcane and sugar beet. This means that under certain conditions the capsules will fully break-down into compost.
Most coffee capsules use an aluminium sachet to keep the coffee fresh, but we don’t. Aluminium not only leaves a nasty toxic trail after disposal, but is also non-renewable, and requires lots of energy and chemicals to produce. Instead, our capsules have built in a plant-based oxygen barrier to keep our coffee fresh. This means that our entire capsule, can be chewed up, and spat out by our little microbial friends, leaving behind biomass, CO2 and water.
Unlike the plant-based plastics use in our pods, most conventional coffee capsules are made from petroleum-based plastics. Microorganisms cannot digest these materials, and so a bit like us, they stay well clear of them!
How long does it take to compost?
There are many factors that can influence the composting process (like temperature, the time of year, and the location of your compost bin, just to name a few). In fact, there are so many factors that come into play it’s hard to tell exactly when your used capsules will be fully decomposed. What we can say is that after 12-weeks in an industrial composter, you could pass what’s left of the used capsule through a 2×2mm mesh. At home, the time will vary considerably but we have had great success home composting in the Brisbane climate - particularly in Summer.
Our pods are also biodegradable
So if you're not a home composter you can simply dispose of them in your regular rubbish bin and be confident in the knowledge your capsules will end up as either landfill, be incinerated, or recycled. Take your pick, because all three routes will have less of a negative environmental impact than your standard coffee cap.
Please feel free to contact us directly if you'd like any further information around our capsules and we'll be happy to help!