The company says an estimated 9.1 billion single-serve coffee and drink cartridges wind up in US landfills every year, amounting to some 19 million cubic feet of waste. Single-serve coffee pods are not easily recyclable and mixed-material pod brands that do offer a recycling service have few recycling points and limited collection services.
Biome today launched its portfolio of compostable materials for coffee pods based on renewable, natural resources including plant starches and tree byproducts. These bioplastics will degrade to prescribed international standards in composting environments.
The company says it’s working with manufacturing and brand partners to develop a number of natural polymer-based products for the hot drinks industry. It says it will make further announcements in the coming months.
Biome is the latest company that aims to curb the growing single-cup coffee market’s environmental footprint.
Last month Rogers Family Company debuted its single-serve coffee pod that it says is 97 percent biodegradable. At the time, the company said its OneCup Bio has the highest percentage of biodegradability of any single-serve coffee product.
Rogers Family is also working to make the product’s mesh filter biodegradable to render the OneCup Bio waste-free. The filter is Bio’s only non-biodegradable part.
Canterbury Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster based in Richmond, British Columbia, in July developed what it says is a 92 percent biodegradable single-serve coffee cup.