What's Going On Here?
Waitrose has announced it will become the first major UK retailer to stock own-brand compostable coffee pods.
Coffee pods have become widely used with the rise of brands such as Nespresso & Tassimo. However, it is bad news for the environment, they are frequently made from non-recyclable materials, or can’t be recycled due to contamination by the coffee grounds. Currently the only home-compostable coffee pods available are branded.
What Does This Mean?
This move is part of Waitrose’s commitment that all own-brand packaging will be widely recyclable, reusable or home compostable by 2025. Coffee grounds are often chucked away without a second thought. However, being nitrogen-rich they are can be great fertiliser for plants.
Due to be released in December 2018, the home compostable coffee pods can be thrown straight into your compost, reducing the need to buy fertiliser, which can save you both time and money!