In recent years, drip coffee makers seem to have become a thing of the past, except for the french press which has made a come-back thanks to hipsters and coffee connoisseurs. Nevertheless, coffee pods are where it’s at and given their immense surge in popularity, it’s predicted that they could soon outsell regular and instant coffee which presents a huge environmental problem.
Almost one in every three American homes now has a pod-based coffee machine, thanks to K-Cup inventor, John Sylvan. But looking back on his invention, amid public scrutiny of K-Cups as an infliction on the planet, Sylvan told The Atlantic, “I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it.” So much so, he doesn’t even own one.
Since inventing single-use coffee pods, other brands like Nespresso and Starbucks have also boarded the environmental disaster train – adding to the 20 billion coffee pods containing aluminum or plastic that are produced each year – enough to circle the earth 14 times over.
With pods being non-biodegradable and almost too difficult to recycle, it’s no wonder why these brands have seen so much backlash from environmentalists. Even so, this hasn’t stopped consumers from buying coffee pods and filling up our landfills.
From the environment’s perspective, there didn’t appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel . . . until now.
Halo, a UK-based sustainable coffee pod brand, has launched this week, fully armed with biodegradable capsules and ready to take on the toxic coffee pods that are filling up our landfills. With a mission statement like “We believe in crafting the world’s best coffee, in a way that’s best for the world,” we have every bit of confidence that this eco-friendly brand will succeed in fulfilling their goal.
Halo: An Eco-Friendly Coffee Brand
Halo co-founder, Nils Leonard, told Business Insider: “We believe it [coffee capsule waste] will be illegal in a few years’ time.”
Unlike plastic and aluminum pods which take hundreds of years to break down, the Halo capsule biodegrades within 90 days.
Not only are Halo coffee pods compatible with Nespresso machines, they are also compostable since they are entirely organic; made from bamboo and paper pulp.
So, if you’re a coffee drinker, please join us in raising a cup of Joe to celebrate the “world’s first fully compostable coffee capsule.”