Our new Certified 100% Compostable single serve pods now feature a new brown ring, filter and lid that use plant-based materials including the coffee beans skins or “chaff” that used to go to waste. Look for the BPI logo on the packaging. That brown ring actually helps with the composting because of the coffee chaff in it.
Over 90% of the total weight of a used PῧrPod100™ is coffee grounds. The remaining 10% of the weight is composed of an integrated lid, mesh filter and brown ring made of different materials, many from renewable sources. The lid, the mesh filter and the brown ring on the pod are made of different materials. >> 40% of the unique brown ring is made with renewable materials – about half of that is roasted coffee bean skins, which were waste for coffee companies until this innovation >> 45% of its lid is made with renewable plant-based materials >> 95% of its filter is renewable plant based material
Substances from various plants are extracted and processed to help create the raw material for the pod.
The natural skin of the coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process, like the skin of a peanut.
The petroleum-based plastic in the old single serve pods has largely been replaced with bioresins, made from plant-based materials. The amount of conventional plastic left is so tiny that it has no impact on the ability of this pod to turn to dirt through composting – and even that small amount is specially formulated to be compostable. That’s just one reason why PῧrPod100™ passed the extensive testing for certification. We are now working on a 100% bio-based pod.
A Certified 100% Compostable product has passed an independent process testing to confirm it will normally break down safely and relatively quickly into compost. Farmers and gardeners use compost to enrich the soil and help plants grow.
The Biodegradable Products Institute runs the independent and comprehensive process that certified these pods as compostable. (www.bpi.org)
Testing shows the pod can break down in as little as 5 weeks in well-managed composting processes – faster than some common kinds of food waste.
These pods have met the standard to be called Certified 100% Compostable for typical curbside composting processes and for places where people drop off compostable items at depots. Some municipalities and composting facility operators automatically accept items that are Certified 100% Compostable by BPI (the Biodegradable Products Institute). Check with your own municipality or composting facility operators for local details. A study by the City of Toronto is taking place to look at compostable pods and other single serve items in its waste diversion programs. The study process will engage industry experts and add to the evidence about the impacts of compostable pods. The results of this study are expected by mid-2017 and are expected to shape municipal decisions across Canada.
A test in North Carolina by a composting expert found that his pods broke down in a large compost pile (1 cubic yard) that was turned regularly and that had a good mix of other compostable items. The pods benefited from the heat, moisture levels and oxygen necessary for effective composting of any food waste. The results for anyone composting the pods at home or in a community composting operation also will depend on these factors. The websites of the US Composting Council (www.compostingcouncil.org) and the Compost Council of Canada (www.compost.org) have links to help people learn best practices for composting food and yard waste at home and in community facilities. There is no North American certification process on backyard or community composting.
It is not currently recommended to put the pods down a garbage disposal.
The number of people with access to composting programs is growing rapidly. We are exploring alternatives that other consumers can use. For now, the pods would have to go in the regular garbage.
Landfills are designed specifically so that nothing breaks down quickly in them – including food waste such as coffee. That’s why researchers can find 10-year old carrots that are still orange inside and 40 year old newspapers that are easy to read. Governments see the need to cut the food waste going into landfills, including by improving access to large-scale composting programs.
Compostable vs. Biodegradable vs. Recyclable
No. Biodegradable simply means that something can break down over time in the right conditions and processes. However, that time can be many years, even if the conditions are right. For example, a tree trunk is biodegradable. The human body is biodegradable. Even crude oil is technically biodegradable. Government consumer protection authorities tell business not to use the terms “biodegradable” because there is no standard definition or any independent way to test that claim. A product can only call itself Certified 100% Compostable if it meets independent standards showing it will break down quickly into compost that meets requirements for how healthy it is for plants.
Certified 100% Compostable is often preferable because small plastic items are often rejected in recycling processes. Recyclers also have wash pods to get rid of the coffee that can affect their recycling systems. Using that extra water has environmental impacts that exceed any benefit from recycling a small item. This is why composting is an environmentally-preferable solution to anything that involves food waste such as coffee.
The inner bag has to meet challenging tests to ensure that it protects coffee from oxygen so consumers get the freshness and quality they expect. We are working to develop packaging that will deliver those same results while diverting waste from landfills. For now, the large silver inner bags can be re-used or disposed of with regular waste.
The freshness wrap for individually-wrapped pods is very light and has to meet challenging tests to ensure that it protects coffee from oxygen so consumers get the freshness and quality they expect. We are working to develop packaging that will deliver those same results while diverting waste from landfills. For now, that freshness wrapping should be disposed of with regular waste.
Our carton is made from 100% recycled fibers with up to 65% post-consumer content.
A highly automated process puts the lids, rings and mesh filter together to form the pod and then places the precise amount of coffee needed into each pod.
No, the green ring has a special coating that makes them work in Keurig 2.0-style single serve brewers.
Only if specified as such on the carton or other packaging.
Consumers who experience this issue with single serve coffee pods commonly have hard water, including from wells. Keurig® recommends that consumers de-scale their brewers at least every 3 to 6 months. Keurig® also recommends that consumers not use well water even if they use a water softener system. They suggest that consumers with hard water and well water use bottled or filtered water. They also sell filters through their website. All these steps help bring the water pressure through the brewer to a level that typically solves this issue.