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Lavazza officially launches compostable coffee pods.

Lavazza’s biopolymer-based Eco Caps break down in six months when combined with food waste.

 “Currently there is limited availability across the UK in terms of the industrial composting facilities needed to compost many products.”

Italian espresso brand Lavazza has officially launched its own range of compostable one-cup pods in the UK.

According to the coffee manufacturer, its new Eco Caps can be used in food waste bins because they are 100% industrially compostable capsules.

These new caps will replace Lavazza’s current range of capsules.

The brand also said that “unlike other compostable capsules on the market, Lavazza Eco Caps retain their distinctive aroma for longer, thanks to the innovative, “aroma safe” technology, which keeps each capsule fresh for up to 18 months”.

Not all of Lavazza’s coffee pod range is now compostable. However, the brand is aiming to replace its entire range of at home capsules with these new 100% industrially compostable capsules by the end of the year.

“For Lavazza Group, sustainability is fully integrated in the business strategy,” said David Rogers, UK Managing Director of Lavazza. “The new Lavazza Eco Caps replace the entire range of capsules for home consumption in UK, without any price difference. The company is a firm believer in this major investment, which confirms our commitment to excellence, quality and sustainable development”.

Elsewhere, Lavazza also announced that it will be partnering with recycling specialist TerraCycle to launch a coffee capsule drop off initiative.

As part of this partnership, a network of public access coffee capsule drop-off points will be set-up around the UK, enabling consumers to conveniently dispose of their capsules. The drop-off points will be easy to find via the interactive map on the TerraCycle website, according to Lavazza.

Each drop-off point will earn TerraCycle points based on the amount of capsules that are deposited, which can be redeemed as a monetary donation to the charity or non-profit organisation of their choice. Consumers can get involved by either registering to be in charge of one of the drop-off points or can support their local point by dropping off their used capsules responsibly.

Laure Cucuron, General Manager, TerraCycle Europe said: “Currently there is limited availability across the UK in terms of the industrial composting facilities needed to compost many products. So, we are delighted to partner with Lavazza to provide consumers a simple yet effective way to ensure that the new Lavazza Eco Caps are composted correctly.

“Simply find your nearest public access drop-off location using the interactive map on the TerraCycle website, drop off the Eco Caps during the designated hours and rest safe in the knowledge that they will be industrially composted. The resulting material is given a second life as useful nutrient rich compost which compliments crop growth.”

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