Australians love coffee and there are thousands that have enjoyed the convenience of using coffee pods. Naturally, a lot would be devastated at the thought it could be banned. Though, it has not happened yet, there’s no telling how things would go in the future.
Many industries aim to be green and governments all over the world have continuously come up with laws to ensure citizens do not increase the damage in the environment. In fact, the city of Hamburg has already put its foot down and banned the sale of coffee pods and bottled water in government institutions. And to some, it probably seems like an overreaction that is certainly not welcome.
Let’s Talk About Decomposition
There are plenty of articles Online that indicate the amount of time it takes for plastic, tin and, other materials to decompose. Even the former boss of Nespresso, Jean-Paul Gaillard has expressed concern that people seem to choose comfort over protecting the environment. Coffee pods are all the rage, so it didn’t take long before people put it under a microscope.
As you might have guessed, they found something unpleasant. The material used for its packaging would take 150-500 years to decompose completely. Now, imagine the number of coffee capsules you’ve consumed in a week, month or year and how many people love it as much as you do. That leaves you with tonnes of used capsules not decomposing for the next century. Let that sink in.
Gearing To Be Ecological
The problem is by no means small, so it would take a lot of effort to make a difference. Companies like this one strike a partnership with package makers to produce biodegradable coffee pods. Those are customized to suit the brand and the fact it is eco-friendly makes it a double win.
Coffee machines like the Nespresso is a must-have for a lot of coffee lovers and the pods are specially designed to be compatible with it. The materials used are biosourced, so it doesn’t have any effect on the food it comes in contact with. These are also compostable, following the EN13432 standard and can be put in both industrial and individual compost piles where it would decompose and not leave any toxic residue after. Instead, crops that would be planted could get nutrients from it. In addition, it only takes 180 days for it to decompose, a far cry from the 150-500 years for the plastic coffee capsules.
What We Can Do
We often say that the problem is too big. And quite frankly, it is but we should not allow that to stop us. There are some good souls that continue to find innovations to give us guilt-free comfort and it’s only fair we support it.
Luckily, social media has made it easier to spread information and encourage others to join the cause. That said, maybe now’s a good time to give composting a shot. After all, it’s better late than never.