coffee pod FAQ’s

1. What are the pods made of?

    • Over 90% of the total weight of a used pod is coffee grounds.
    • The remaining 10% of the weight is composed of an integrated lid, mesh filter, and unique brown ring
      made of coffee chaff, renewable resources and other compostable materials. 95% of the filter is
    • Together the pod has earned approval as Certified 100% Compostable.

2. What does plant-based material mean?

    • Substances from various plants are extracted and processed to help create the raw material for the pod.

3. What is coffee chaff?

    • The natural skin of the coffee bean that comes off during the roasting process, like the skin of a peanut.

4. What is the period of time it takes for the pod to compost?

    • The Biodegradable Products Institute certifies that these pods break down in less than 84 days under
      commercial composting conditions.

5. Are the pods backyard compostable?

    • 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
      vary depending on conditions that include: local temperatures; the other items being composted; and
      the humidity, both in the air and in the compost pile. If you currently compost cornhusks at home, you
      may find that composting our pods is similar.
    • Please see our composting page for further information on this.

6. Is the inner foil bag compostable or recyclable?

    • Unfortunately, not yet. While this bag guarantees freshness and food safety, we are working on a better, compostable solution. Please stay tuned to this page for updates.
    • The inner bag has to meet challenging tests to ensure that it protects coffee from oxygen so consumers
      get the freshness and quality they expect.

7. Is the cardboard box made from post-consumer fibre?

    • The cardboard box is made from 100% recycled fiber with up to 65% post-consumer content. We ask
      that you please recycle it.

8. How do you make a pod?

    • A highly automated process puts the lids, rings and mesh filter together to form the pod and then places the precise amount of Ethical Bean coffee needed into each pod.

9. What is a municipal composting facility?

    • There are different kinds of municipal composting facilities. Typically, they receive food, leaf and yard waste either from curbside pickup or that people drop off directly. Those facilities take the waste and put it through processes to break it down. Many facilities turn the waste into compost that can be used to enrich soil for agriculture and gardening. Some put it through processes to extract biogases to meet
      energy needs.

10. Can you put the pods in all municipal composting systems?

    • These pods are 100% BPI Certified Compostable for typical curbside composting processes that many
      municipalities use. 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 NA to educate them and gain acceptance.

11. What do you do with the pods if your city doesn’t compost?

  • The number of municipalities with composting programs is growing rapidly and many consumers have access to them or will soon. These two website are a great resource to learn about the composting options in your community – Litterless and Coffee Composting.
  • Please see our composting page for further information that includes information about backyard
    composting and the tests that are currently underway across Canada and the US.