Since the introduction of the popular Nespresso coffee machine, great cappuccinos, lattes and espressos have been easy to make, at an environmental cost.
While the original Nespresso coffee pods are recyclable and Nespresso has a system for this, customers either don’t manage to return their used pods to their stores or use other brands with pods made of plastic.
According to USA Today, there are even petitions calling for the coffee pod industry to be shut down as a result of the added waste these single use items create.
Now, 4WKS, a company in Cape Town have created coffee pods made from sugarcane waste (bagasse), making them compostable and less harmful to the planet.
According to Green Home, bagasse is a great replacement for harmful materials because it is already re-using a waste by-product of the sugarcane industry, it GM-free and is easily mouldable.
Launched at the Oranjezicht City Farmers Market (OZCF) in Cape Town, these pods are compostable like an apple core. The company have collaborated with top-rated local coffee roasters to give Capetonians their favourite brews at home. These include Deluxe, Rosetta, Terbodore and Naked.
Unlike plastic or aluminium coffee pods however, these can’t be kept for quite as long, with the company recommending a weekly shop rather than monthly to get the best out of each pod.
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