Our new single-serve coffee pods deliver the same flavour you know and love, and are made from renewable resources.
Below, we’ve outlined composting options for our pods in your community and backyard.
Municipal Composting Programs:
Our single-serve coffee pods are certified fully compostable by BPI, the Biodegradable Products institute (BPI), which is a not-for-profit association of key individuals and groups from government, industry and academia.
This means that the pods will break down in as little as five weeks in commercial composting systems. However, municipalities have their own guidelines for what they accept as being compostable and may not automatically accept new products. We are working with municipalities across North America to educate them and gain acceptance. Currently the following municipalities have given clear support and acceptance of the pods: Seattle, WA, Canmore, AB, Muskoka, ON.
Our experience indicates that municipalities are not objecting when people put the pods into local green bins or similar waste diversion programs. Both the City of Toronto and the Ontario government have processes being organized or under way that are looking at how compostable pods will be treated officially in food and organic waste diversion programs.
There is no North American certification process in place to give consumers guidance on backyard composting. Composting experts know that individual results vary widely so we cannot make a blanket statement about how these pods will work in your own home composting environment. Your results will depend on conditions including local temperatures, humidity in the air and in the compost pile, and the other items being composted. If you currently compost cornhusks at home, you may find that composting our pods is similar.
The coffee grounds that make up 90% of the weight of a used pod can be valuable additions to backyard composting. The nitrogen in coffee helps to form rich compost that improves soil. The rings and lids of PurPod100™ are made with coffee chaff and other plant based material that break down more slowly than the coffee.
Composting Basics from the US Environmental Protection Agency
All composting requires three basic ingredients:
1. Browns: This includes materials such as dead leaves, branches and twigs.
2. Greens: This includes materials such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps and coffee grounds.
3. Water: Having the right amount of water, greens, and browns is important for compost development.
Your compost pile should have an equal amount of browns and greens. You should also alternate layers of organic materials of different-sized particles. The brown materials provide carbon for your compost, the green materials provide nitrogen, and the water provides moisture to help break down the organic matter.
A couple handy backyard composting resources include this 2-page tip sheet from the David Suzuki Foundation, the Composing at Home site from The US Environmental Protection Agency, and this Ultimate Guide to Composting at Home blog. To learn more about the composting options in your community, check out the Litterless blog and Coffee Composting website.
For more information from our pod manufacturer, please visit the PurPod100 website.
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