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Lavazza unveils compostable coffee pods.

Lavazza compostable coffee caps. © Lavazza

“Around 95 million cups of coffee are consumed every day in the UK, generating vast amounts of sums of coffee grounds. Currently, the majority of this waste goes to landfill.”

Italian espresso brand Lavazza will launch its own range of compostable one-cup pods in the UK in November.

According to the coffee manufacturer, its biopolymer-based Eco Caps break down in six months when combined with food waste.

Managing director David Rogers told the Evening Standard that aim is to “replace the entire range” of aluminium capsules with the eco-friendly ones “without any price difference”.

Eco Caps, which will cost about £4 for 16, will go on sale in November. They will also fit Nespresso machines.

Because the composting process takes about 180 days, users should check their local authority’s rules before adding them to council-collected food waste.

Around 95 million cups of coffee are consumed every day in the UK, generating vast amounts of sums of coffee grounds. Currently, the majority of this waste goes to landfill.

As well as looking at sustainable packaging, many companies are now trying to extract commercial value from used coffee grounds otherwise considered as waste.

Bio-bean is one UK company trying to do this and turning coffee waste into fuel. It recently secured £4 million in equity funding with the help of investment bank ClearlySo to launch new product lines and expand internationally.

Speaking about bio-bean in 2016, founder Arthur Kay said: “There is a massive market out there that is currently ripe for disruption. Currently, the traditional fuels that are used in fireplaces like coal are dirty and mainly imported. We have this sustainable, locally-manufactured product to sue, which is much better than using coal and wood.”

Bio-bean is not the only company in the UK that had the idea to recycle coffee and use it as a resource. Scottish startup Revive Eco is also recycling waste. Revive Eco is aiming to go global with their hope of to replace palm oil using coffee waste.

Scott Kennedy and Fergus Moore are honing a chemical technique that extracts oils from used coffee grounds. In a similar situation to Davren, the two men first got the idea to use coffee waste oil when they were working in cafes during their time in college.


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