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Compostable Coffee Pods That Decompose In 26 Weeks

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Grind is changing the coffee pods as you know it. Goodbye unrecycled plastic and hello compost heap.

Romally Coverdale

Mon 16 May 2022

The British coffee company Grind is launching all of their existing coffee pods to their new home-compostable alternative.

They are the first in the world to use micro bacterial fermentation (aka PHA) to create eco friendly coffee pods that fully decompose within 26 weeks - that’s quicker than grass cuttings!

So, what does this mean for avid coffee drinkers, and why does this stand out?

The problem with coffee pods

There are a lot of coffee pods in the market, but many of us don’t know what to look for when choosing environmentally friendly or ethical coffee pods.

With 4 in 10 Brits either not knowing or thinking that recyclable aluminium and compostable pods are the same, there seems to be little awareness as to the impact of coffee pods.

A surprising 2 out of 5 Brits think that because coffee pods are small, that they don’t need to be disposed of ethically.

many aluminium coffee pods in a heap

29,000 single use coffee pods go to the landfill every minute

Whether it’s because of misinformation, ignorance, or plastic single use coffee pods, an extortionate 29,000 single use coffee pods go to the landfill every minute.

Plastic coffee pods take an average of 500 years to break down, but they also directly pollute ecosystems and kill wildlife when not disposed of properly.

This is because the plastic breaks down, releasing dangerous chemicals and physically remains in the land (and living organisms) for centuries.

How Grind coffee pods are compostable

While aluminium is infinitely recyclable, the process of creating aluminium pods is energy intensive and inefficient.

Grind’s eco-friendly coffee pods are 100% organic and fully biodegradable: that means no harm to the soil and to the environment.

hands holding Grind's reusable coffee pod tin
“Grind coffee pods are the UK's first certified home compostable coffee pods”

Most compostable coffee pods demand industrial composting, or to be collected by the local council.

Grind coffee pods can decompose in your own compost heap.

This issue of composting or recycling standardised coffee pods is complicated, as more than a third of coffee pod consumers admit to simply throwing away their used coffee pods, instead of recycling or composting them.

Yet, with Grind coffee pods, no matter where you put them, they can fully decompose.

To prove how well their coffee pods decompose, Grind has created a Composting Live Stream where Brits can watch the home compostable pods decompose in real time alongside aluminium and industrially compostable pods.

hand placing Grind's compostable coffee pod into a coffee machine

What are these eco-friendly pods made of?

The coffee pods themselves are made from PHA, a material that is made from micro bacterial fermentation, meaning that they are entirely compostable.

Moreover, as the pods are made from PHA it does not let any oxygen into the pods, as is the case with other compostable pods.

The oxygen degrades the flavour and quality of the coffee, so Grind’s pods mean that their coffee stays fresh for years.

grind coffee machine dispensing coffee into cup held by hand

Coming in a variety of blends, including decaf, Grind coffee pods are the new go-to for the eco-friendly coffee lover.

Check them out on Grind.

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