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COMPOSTABLE COFFEE CAPSULES
Capsule Coffee That Don’t Cost The Earth!!!
Two billion cups of coffee are drunk around the world every day, with as many as one in eight coffees brewed by coffee capsule machines. Almost all of these capsules find their way to landfills or incinerators as they cannot be recycled due the aluminium, plastics and paper used in their manufacture.
As a leading industry innovator and an environmentally conscious citizen, we recognised the impact of the capsules on the environment both locally and globally. Since 2013 we have been working behind the scenes with various materials to perfect an environmentally friendly compostable capsule.
Our compostable capsules comply with the stringent requirements of the EN 13432 standard with regards to chemical composition, biodegradation, disintegration and quality of the final compost and ecotoxicity. The materials used in the capsule have been certified by Vinçotte and received the “OK Compost” certification.
To take a closer look
What does “compostable capsule” mean?
A compostable capsule is capable of disintegrating into natural elements in a compost environment and converted into humus, leaving no toxicity in the soil. This typically must occur in about 90 days.
What are biodegradable organic materials?
The basic concept seems straightforward enough, however, there are several factors to consider when determining the biodegradability of a product or material.
Any material that comes from nature will return to nature as long as it is still in a relatively natural form. Any plant-based, animal-based or natural mineral-based product has the capability to biodegrade, but products made from man-made compounds generally do not. When a man made compound is formulated in a laboratory, combinations of elements are made that do not exist in nature and there are no corresponding microorganisms to break them down.
In nature, different materials biodegrade at different rates. Common sense tells us that any material will ultimately biodegrade, even if it takes centuries.
What does “industrial composting” mean?
Industrial compost facilities process compostable waste through a variety of methods under controlled conditions. Mixed household waste as well as commercial and industrial waste, is sorted and processed to enable the recovery of materials contained within the mixed waste and facilitates the stabilisation of the biodegradable component of the material.
What is the difference between ‘compostable’ and ‘recyclable’?
Recyclable materials or goods are those that can be re-used. This may require the materials or goods to undergo further processing to extract the desired material from the waste.
Compostable materials or goods do not require further processing, simply exposure to moisture, heat, light and microbiological agents. The final product after the composting process is completed is a non-toxic organic material.