The capsule we use is the perfect example of a circular economy and was named “Currently the most environmentally friendly coffee capsule” by the Nova Institute in Germany.
When sunflower oil is created the seed-shells are left as a by-product. The shells are collected, and a biomass is created, which the capsule is made of. It has achieved the prestigious “OK Home Compost” Certificate, which only less than 2% of other BIO capsules worldwide have.
As more and more compostable products become available on the market, it is important to point out the difference between the two main types of compostability. So, what is the difference between Compostable and Home Compostable?
The difference is that Compostable means “OK IndustryCompost”, meaning, temperatures above 50°C and other special conditions are needed for products to degrade.
On the other hand,Home Compostable means the product degrades at lower temperatures, under natural conditions, even in a garden compost. Through this process no micro-plastics are left in the environment and the capsule breaks down into nutrients for the soil making it rich and fertile.
Currently it is up to the local commune if they accept these capsules in the bio trash. The reason some communes don’t accept them is since they will be sorted out, as it is impossible to detect if it is Home Compostable or not.
We expect this to change in the future once Home Compostable products are more common.