Our certified commercially compostable single serve pods feature a unique upcycled brown ring, filter and lid. They are made with plant-based materials including the coffee bean skins (“chaff”) left over from coffee roasting that used to go to waste.
The coffee chaff in the brown ring typically speeds the pod’s composting when it is processed with other food waste in commercial composting.
About 90% of the total weight of a brewed pod is coffee grounds.
The remaining 10% of the weight is the lid, mesh filter and brown ring. They are all made with plant-based materials, many from renewable sources. They are all designed to be compostable in large-scale commercial composting facilities that process food and organic waste with no need to separate them from the coffee grounds!
The lid, the mesh filter and the brown ring on the pod are made of different materials.
Chaff is the thin natural skin of the coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process. It is similar to the skin on a raw, unroasted peanut.
Renewable substances from various plants are used and processed as part of the raw material for the pod.
A certified commercially compostable product has passed testing to confirm it meets or exceeds an internationally-recognized standard. This means it will normally break down safely and relatively quickly into compost in a large-scale commercial composting facility that processes other food and yard waste. Farmers and gardeners use compost to enrich the soil and help plants grow.
These pods have earned two certifications.
The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) (www.bpiworld.org) runs an independent and comprehensive process. It certifies these pods meet or exceed the internationally-recognized ASTM D6868 standard for commercial compostability that confirms that the pods:
The Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) runs a separate, independent and comprehensive process that uses tests at food waste composting facilities to certify that these pods break down as quickly and completely as composting facility operators typically need. (https://compostmanufacturingalliance.com)
Testing shows the pod can break down in as little as 5 weeks in commercial composting – faster than some common kinds of food waste in those same facilities.
These pods have met the internationally-recognized standard to earn the “certified commercially compostable” designation for processing in typical large-scale food and organic waste collection and composting programs. Some programs automatically accept items that are Certified Commercially Compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and/or the Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA). Check with your municipality or composting program operator for local details. Facilities may not be available/may not exist in all areas, check locally.
There is no current North American home compostable standard or certification process to confirm how well items such as certified commercially compostable coffee pods break down in home or backyard composting.
If you don’t have access to a food waste collection program, you can learn how to set up your own at-home / backyard composting system:
In Canada: https://www.compost.org/backyard_compost/
In the United States: https://www.compostingcouncil.org/page/Education
As it is impossible for us to know the particular home composting conditions and methods that may be used by millions of different consumers, we can not, and do not, make a claim that our pod is home compostable.
Manufacturers of garbage disposal units typically do not recommend putting items such as coffee pods into those units.
The number of people with access to food waste collection programs is growing rapidly. For now, the pods would have to go in the regular garbage with other food waste.
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. Over the years, hot dogs and corn-on-the-cobs are a few of the other organic items that have also been found in landfills entirely intact.
Many governments are taking steps to cut food waste going into landfills because that waste breaks down into methane, a significant contributor to climate change. One step is introducing the large-scale food waste collection programs and processes where these pods are designed to break down.
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.” Anything that is compostable is also biodegradable, but not everything that is biodegradable is compostable.
Governments are limiting or banning the use of the term “biodegradable” on packaging because they see it as misleading to consumers.
A product can only call itself “certified commercially compostable” if it meets independent internationally-recognized standards designed to assess how well it will break down into compost and maximize its contribution to the health of plants and soil.
These pods are designed to be compostable with other food and organic waste in large-scale commercial composting facilities, not for recycling. Small plastic items such as coffee pods are often rejected in recycling processes because of their size and/or the complexity of separating the materials, meaning they are likely to go to landfills.
Composting is a preferable solution for anything that involves food waste such as coffee that can contaminate recycling processes.
Not yet. These bags have to meet challenging tests to ensure that they protect coffee from oxygen so consumers get the freshness and quality they expect. Food manufacturers are working on making this kind of packaging recyclable. For now, the large silver reusable multi-layer freshness foil bag can be re-used or disposed of with regular waste.
Bags marked “certified commercially compostable” meet or exceed an internationally-recognized standard. Some food waste collection and composting programs automatically accept items that are Certified Commercially Compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and/or the Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA). Check with your own municipality or food waste collection program operator for local details
The freshness wrapping on pods marked “certified commercially compostable” meets or exceeds an internationally-recognized standard. Some food waste collection and composting programs automatically accept items that are certified commercially compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and/or the Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA). Check with your own municipality or food waste collection program operator for local details.
Unless it is marked “certified commercially compostable”, the freshness wrapping should be disposed of with regular waste.
The amount of recycled content is indicated on the carton along with any certifications by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
A highly automated process puts the ring and mesh filter together to form the pod. It then places the precise amount of coffee needed into each pod and covers the coffee tightly with the lid.
We analyze new brewer types as they come to market to make sure that our certified commercially compostable pods work well for consumers. We encourage consumers with specific questions to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The green ring has a special coating so the pod works properly in certain single serve brewers, i.e. K 2.0 brewers.
Coffee brands show any of their certifications on the carton or other packaging.
Consumers who experience this issue commonly have hard water, including from wells. Keurig recommends that consumers de-scale their brewers at least every 3 to 6 months. They also sell filters through their website. Both steps can help bring the water pressure through the brewer to a level that typically solves this issue. We encourage consumers with specific questions or issues to send us an email at email@example.com.
Designed with the environment in mind, PURPOD100® is certified commercially compostable†.