Fully Compostable Coffee Pods Present A Sustainable Alternative

Fully Compostable Coffee Pods Present A Sustainable Alternative

A Canadian company hopes its biodegradable products will appeal to environmentally conscious coffee consumers

Lauren Kirkwood
  • 15 july 2016

Canadian coffee distributor Club Coffee has unveiled what it calls the first entirely compostable single-serve coffee pod, called the PurPod100. Developed in partnership with the University of Guelph’s Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, the pods are crafted using a material made from dried coffee bean hulls that are typically discarded.


The pods, which also incorporate a compostable filter, break down in about 84 days, according to the company. Traditional single-serve coffee pods, pioneered by companies like Keurig and Nespresso, have frequently been criticized for their environmental unfriendliness, and some cities have gone as far as banning them.


While the PurPod100 could be cause for celebration for eco-conscious coffee consumers, there are still questions about where the pods will be composted: Toronto officials have criticized the company’s claims, stating that they’re not accepted in the city’s compost system.


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