Why You Should Make the Swap to Compostable Coffee Pods

Posted by Gina Pennington on

Introducing the modern alternative to traditional coffee pods; compostable coffee pods. Designed to break down naturally and decompose into organic matter, compostable coffee pods are kinder to the environment and promote a more sustainable approach to waste management.

Due to their convenience, coffee pods have become an incredibly popular home brewing option but unfortunately, the majority of them are made from plastic or aluminium. While both are often thought of as recyclable materials, a concerning number of plastic and aluminium coffee pods end up in landfill due to improper coffee pod recycling, despite consumers being convinced otherwise.

Penningtons are proud to offer fully compostable coffee pods which are better for the environment and don’t compromise on excellent flavour. Here’s a closer look at compostable coffee pods, also referred to as biodegradable coffee pods, and the environmental advantages of making the shift to them.

What Are Compostable Coffee Pods?

So, what are compostable coffee pods and biodegradable coffee pods? Well, the name is a bit of a giveaway. Compostable coffee pods are environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional coffee pods. Being 100% biodegradable, compostable coffee pods offer an innovative solution to the environmental headache caused by plastic and aluminium coffee pods which are notoriously difficult to recycle.

Eco-friendly coffee pods are made from organic materials that break down easily and don’t add to the growing coffee pod recycling problem. Penningtons’ compostable coffee pods are made from cornstarch and can be simply put into your home compost bin. What’s more, the packaging we use for supplying all our compostable coffee pods is also fully recyclable, making caring for the environment easy.

Will Compostable Coffee Pods Work with My Coffee Machine?

Most eco coffee pods are designed to be used with a number of popular domestic coffee machine brands for extra convenience. Penningtons’ compostable coffee capsules, for example, are compatible will all domestic drop through Nespresso machines, excluding professional Vertuo machines and ‘built in’ models. They also work with all Dualit capsule machines.

What Are They Benefits of Compostable Coffee Pods?

Switching to compostable coffee pods offers a number of significant environmental advantages and we believe that everyone should make this small change in their day to day lives. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits and most convincing reasons why you should make the swap:

1. Compostable Coffee Pods Are Kinder to the Environment

The most obvious advantage of compostable coffee pods is that they are environmentally friendly and help to minimise the damaging effects of the coffee pod recycling problem. Compostable coffee pods are made from organic materials that are 100% compostable, meaning they will return to the soil in a way that doesn’t harm the environment. Their biodegradability promotes a circular, sustainable approach to waste management, eliminating the need for long-term disposal in landfills.

2. Compostable Coffee Pods Are Convenient

Just like regular coffee pods, compostable coffee pods are a super quick and easy way to get your morning coffee fix. Simply take your pod of choice and insert it into your coffee machine. A needle then punches through the seal and water will enter the capsule, extracting the coffee through the filter paper at the bottom of the pod which pours through into your cup. So, all you really need to do is place your cup under the water stream and the perfect amount of coffee will filter through into your cup within minutes. Easy, right?

Not only this, but you don’t even need to empty or wash the coffee pods before throwing them away. You can just chuck the whole used pod into the bin or food waste – that’s the beauty of 100% compostable coffee pods.

3. Eco Friendly Coffee Pods Are Compatible with Most Popular Branded Coffee Machines

Just to make the switch from regular coffee pods to compostable coffee pods that little bit easier for you, most compostable coffee pods are designed to be used with domestic coffee machines from big names in the market. This means you don’t need to worry about purchasing a new coffee machine because it’s likely you’ll find our eco-friendly coffee pods are compatible with the machine you already own. So, there’s no excuse!

4. Lower Carbon Footprint

Compostable coffee pods contribute to a lower carbon footprint compared to traditional coffee pods making compostable pods the more climate-friendly option. This is because the materials used to make these pods are often sourced from renewable resources meaning that the production of them requires less energy compared to making plastic or aluminium coffee pods. They also encourage a circular economy in which waste is reduced and coffee is used more efficiently.

5. Compostable Coffee Pods Are Affordable

Despite popular belief that compostable coffee pods are more expensive than regular coffee pods, they are more affordable than you may think. At Penningtons’ we believe that you shouldn’t have to break the bank to enjoy coffee more sustainably which is why our compostable coffee pods are so competitively priced. In fact, our coffee pods cost less than branded Nespresso coffee pods and that’s how it should be.

6. Compostable Coffee Pods Make Delicious Coffee

Finally, we want to highlight that compostable coffee pods really do offer the best of both worlds in that they are eco-friendly and don’t compromise on flavour. The pods are designed to deliver the same great taste and aroma as traditional coffee pods so you can trust you’ll end up with a delicious brew every time. So, rest assured the materials used to make the pod won’t affect the flavour of the coffee and the eco coffee pod will maintain the freshness and quality of the coffee grounds inside.

We recommend using filtered water with our compostable coffee pods if possible, to ensure you get the best possible flavour.

With no compromise to the delicious flavour and being kinder to the purse strings, there are many amazing advantages for both the coffee lover and environment to switching to compostable coffee pods. With popular blends such as our Brazil Cerrado coffee and Decaffeinated coffee available in capsule form, explore our delicious compostable coffee pod range and start sipping sustainably today!

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