WHAT WE SAY:
The coffee pod industry is flying high, but with it comes a mound of plastic and aluminium waste that is proving hard to recycle. While brand-led collection schemes go some way to solving this issue, the reality is that almost 80% of coffee pods are discarded. Which is why we are excited to see that Halo is trying something different.
Its bagasse-based compostable pods break down in soil and the food bin, with leftover coffee acting as nutrients. Of course, there is debate around the likelihood of compostable pods getting into the right food waste stream, but upcoming policy change may simplify this soon. The bigger question is whether we should be shipping bagasse around the world for something as simple as a coffee pod?