Great taste, zero waste – Composting Tips for our Single Serve Pods

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.

Backyard Composting:

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.

Resources

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.

Share your composting tips and success with us

We would love to hear how the pods are decomposing in your home backyard composter and what is/isn’t working for you. Share the results by tagging us in your social media photos or sending them to email hidden; JavaScript is required

Happy Composting!

4 Responses:
  • I’ve tried the PurPods in my home drum composting system. The company I purchased from claimed the pods would break down in 84 days, but I found they still hadn’t fully broken down in over 120 days. I’m convinced they will break down eventually – and are certainly better than the plastic K-cups for the environment – but the timelines promised by the company seem overly ambitious.

    • Lauren Archibald

      Hey there,

      That’s great to hear you’re composting the pods at home. The 84 days is in reference to commercial composting systems, which may not have been as clear from the other company you bought them from. We/ PurPod can’t make a claim in terms of how long they will take to break down at home, since everyone’s environment is different. We’d be curious to hear how long they end up taking for you!

      Cheers,

      Lauren

  • Lauren,
    I stopped checking after 120 days (winter set in and I stopped checking daily). I can say that by 8 months (when I started getting the garden up and running in the spring), they had broken down. So sometime between 120-240 days – which is a huge span of time. I think you’re right – the other company was just using the 84 days for all marketing claims. Anyway, thanks for clarifying!
    Liz

    • Lauren Archibald

      Hi Liz,

      Okay well that’s interesting to note! I may add that to our FAQ section about composting the pods at home.

      Cheers,

      Lauren

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