It's great to see that you are interested in our compostable coffee pods. Firstly, let's talk plain English, then we can get into the nitty gritty!
Our Urban Brew Compostable Pods
With eco-friendly technology continuing to develop over the past few years, we currently use an Industrially Compostable pod. This pod is made from 100% biomass resin, which is a mixture of plant-based products. It is Industrial Compostable certified to European standards (pending Australian certification) and take 90 days to break down, in a industrial composting facility.
Check with your local council to see if they have a commercial composting facility. If so, you can throw our pods into your green waste bin after removing the lids. When the pods get processed at the facility they are exposed to high temperatures and are aerated to increase the chance of oxidation. This helps the pods break down much quicker than if they were in the open environment. For more information on how to best dispose of our pods click the button below.
All the technical stuff
Urban Brew coffee pods are certified OK Compost Industrial to European Standard EN 13432. EN 13432 requires the compostable materials to disintegrate after 12 weeks and completely biodegrade after six months in an industrial composting plant. The process of industrial composting requires a mix of heat, aeration, moisture, micro-organisms, and regulated pH levels to allow the capsule to break down. The end result is nutrient rich biomass that can be used for gardens.
Before your pods find their way to an industrial compost facility, it is important to remove the foil lid, which is recyclable. For more information click here.
When deciding on the best way to dispose of your pods, check your local council for their organic waste regulations.
Our Next Goal
Our goals have always been to provide the most eco-friendly pod, that can make a great-tasting coffee and be affordable to our customers. Our new goal is to produce the first home compostable pod that is manufactured in Australia. We are super passionate about supporting Australian made products and are hoping to put Australian on the coffee pod manufacturing map. We are currently developing our own mould for our specially designed pod but Covid has provided many delays to its progress. Fingers crossed we can make our next move to a home compostable Australian manufactured pod in the next 12 months.