As we become aware of the impact that we have on our planet, many of us are making an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. One way to do this is by using compostable, recyclable, or biodegradable coffee pods. In this blog, we dive into the differences among these three types of coffee pods. In addition, we describe how Spirit Bear Coffee Company's compostable coffee pods are making a positive impact.
Compostable Coffee Pods
Material in these pods will decompose into natural elements, such as: water, carbon dioxide, and organic matter, under certain conditions. These pods, typically made from plant-based materials like cornstarch or sugarcane, are designed to break down in a commercial composting facility.
Using compostable coffee pods is an excellent way to reduce waste and support sustainable agriculture. By using plant-based materials, we support farmers who grow these crops and use fewer synthetic chemicals in their production. In addition, compostable coffee pods offer a convenient way to enjoy coffee while also minimizing our impact on the environment.
Manufacturers make recyclable coffee pods from materials that recycling programs can process, such as aluminum or plastic. Recycling programs can break down and reuse these pods to make new products, reducing the need for raw materials and the energy required to produce them.
While recyclable coffee pods are a step in the right direction, they still contribute to waste and require energy to recycle. Additionally, some recycling facilities may not accept these pods, leading to them ending up in landfills.
The manufacturers engineer biodegradable coffee pods from materials that will eventually break down into natural elements, but these materials may take longer than compostable materials. They can make these materials from plant-based or traditional plastic, but they engineer them to break down into smaller pieces over time.
While biodegradable coffee pods may seem like a good alternative to traditional plastic pods, they still take time to break down and may contribute to pollution. Additionally, if they are not disposed of properly, they may still end up in landfills or contribute to litter.
Spirit Bear Coffee Company's Pods
At Spirit Bear Coffee Company, we commit to reducing our environmental impact and supporting sustainable agriculture. That's why we offer compostable coffee pods, made from plant-based materials that are commercially compostable. Our Keurig-compatible coffee pods make it easy for you to enjoy great-tasting coffee while minimizing your environmental impact.
Not only are our coffee pods compostable, but they also support Indigenous culture and wildlife conservation. A portion of our sales goes towards initiatives that protect wildlife, such as our partnership with Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.
So, the next time you reach for a cup of coffee, consider choosing compostable coffee pods. By doing so, you'll be supporting sustainable agriculture, reducing waste, and making a positive impact on the environment.