Coffee pods: How environmentally friendly are they?

Coffee capsules cause a lot of waste and are therefore bad for the environment. But what about coffee pods? How environmentally friendly are the round pads? Learn here how coffee pods are disposed of and when the pads are harmful to the environment.

Do coffee pods belong to the compost?

Coffee pods are biowaste because they only consist of coffee grounds, edible additives and coffee filters - all biodegradable products. Coffee powder is even a very valuable organic waste for the compost heap. Why this is so, you can read here: dispose of coffee pods.
Coffee pods are so environmentally friendly, right?

Packaging that protects flavor

The coffee powder in coffee pods is of course less fresh, e.g. Coffee powder from the roasting plant. In order to protect the aroma, however, a few manufacturers have considered packaging each pod individually airtight, so that no aroma can escape.
Of course, such wrapped-up coffee pods are anything but environmentally friendly.

The alternative: reusable pads

Reusable pads are still a bit more eco-friendly than traditional coffee pads - unless they are individually packaged, then reusable coffee pads are obviously much more environmentally friendly. What you save the environment is the packaging of the disposable pads. Since coffee pods, like the coffee powder, come from the reusable pads on the organic waste, the waste production is relatively low anyway.
But fillable coffee pods have quite different advantages that make their purchase quite sensible:

  • You can use freshly ground coffee powder from freshly roasted coffee beans and enjoy a very special aroma.
  • You can customize the coffee blend, the coffee powder quantity and grinding degree to your personal preference.

Find out more about the refillable coffee pods here: fill coffee pods yourself.

Tips & Tricks

Make your own coffee pods from environmentally friendly materials. Learn here how to proceed step by step.

Video Board: Eco-friendly Single Serve Coffee Pods