Two Canadian Companies Partner to Reduce Coffee Pod Waste

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

As our landfills reach capacity and greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, consumers are looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact without making major sacrifices to their lifestyle.

One item that is frequently under the spotlight for its plastic waste impact is the single-use coffee pod. Billions of them end up in landfills each year as they can be notoriously difficult to recycle.

Did You Know? Hamburg, Germany has actually banned coffee pods from government buildings since they produce too much waste.

That’s where innovation comes in!

Club Coffee = Club Compost

Toronto-based Club Coffee developed PurPod100, the first certified 100% compostable coffee pod compatible with typical Keurig brewers.

This show-stopping PurPod has a paper lid, a filter made with a material similar to corn-starch, and a ring made with coffee bean husks – all plant-based, decomposable materials. These pods have been tested successfully at many composting and anaerobic digestion facilities both in Canada and the United States. The Compost Manufacturing Alliance, the largest composting alliance in America, has given PurPods the green light, as have some Canadian municipalities. The Ontario government recently announced its support for these pods in all municipal food waste diversion programs because a used pod, which is 85% coffee grounds, doesn’t belong in the landfill.

Switching to certified compostable pods is one way you can reduce your environmental impact while still benefiting from the convenience of the K-Cup system. You can also continue to enjoy such favorite brands as President’s Choice, Maxwell House, Muskoka Roastery and Craft Roasters.

But – what if your municipality doesn’t offer a curbside collection program or you prefer to FoodCycle your food waste before adding it to the green bin or your backyard composter?