First there was the coffee bean, then the instant coffee jar, and then expensive coffee shop drinks on the go.
In the past decade or more coffee drinkers worldwide have adopted a new method of getting their daily jolt of caffeine - the coffee capsule machine. Coffee pods are one of the best examples of unnecessary single-use plastics that are polluting our planet. Many end up getting incinerated, dumping poison into our air, water and our soil. If you drink pods, buy pods that can be composted and compost them or use ground beans and compost them. The sad truth is that nearly nothing in landfills breaks down: coffee grounds, compostable materials, paper, plastic, nothing. Please check your pods and don't buy the greenwash.
When buying compostable pods, look for these signs:
1. Australian certified compostable (the EU certifications are not accepted here).
2. Look for a clear returns program.
3. Look at the product - if the lid looks shiny and like aluminium, it is not compostable.
4. Beware of the word "biodegradable" — it's often used as a green washing mechanism. Especially the term "oxo-biodegradable", this means it is essentially plastic.
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