We are extremely proud to announce our Karajoz Biopods which are 100% compostable.
As a part of our compostable initiatives, we are launching our commercially compostable coffee capsules to market in August 2018. To make this solution even more effective, we will be supplying our own Karajoz compost bins outside local supermarkets to ensure that this initiative is activated. We are currently trialing this initiative in New World Remuera and New World Eastridge.
The current way we are living is not sustainable. We are extracting resources at a tremendous rate, using them up, and chucking them away mindlessly. Global momentum is beginning to shift towards a new, more circular way of thinking.
How Do I Compost my Biopods?
Our pods must be composted in an industrial-level compost environment. This is because the conditions are absolutely perfect for the microorganisms to get to work, and after a 12-week cycle the microbes will digest the capsules fully.
The Compostable Capsule
The secret lies in the material used in our plant-based capsules. We make them entirely from sugarcane and sugar beet (sweet, right?). This means that under certain conditions the capsules will fully break-down into compost. We have built in a plant-based oxygen barrier to keep our coffee fresh.
Plant-Based Plastic (PLA)
Our coffee capsules are unique because they are made solely from plant-based plastics (PLA’s). Our suppliers grow the sugar plants that are used to form the PLA in a plantation in Thailand. The sugar is collected and converted into PLA.
The PLA is made into pellets, and is then ready to be moulded into a coffee cap. They are then filled with one of our coffee blends, packaged in sustainably sourced packaging, and with a little bit of luck, bought buy a coffee lover.
After you’re finished with the capsule, it’s thrown in the organic waste bin and enters into the composting cycle. The capsule is broken down into CO2, water and biomass / compost, which is then used to fertilise plants.