100% delicious — 100% compostable

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 and links to excellent resources.

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. The pods can be placed directly into the green composting bin for pick up by your local municipality. Check if you have a compost collection service in your area.

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.

Tests are currently taking place to determine how well the PurPod100™ breaks down in different backyard composting conditions across Canada and the United States. We also encourage you to check the information on best composting practices that governments and composting organizations have put online.

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 to 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 and the Composting at Home site from The US Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, please see the PurPod100 website. If you live in the US, this blog is a great resource to learn about the composting options in your community.

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 info@ethicalbean.com.

Happy Composting!