Did you know?
- Approximately two BILLION cups of coffee are drunk around the world every day
- Of these billions of cups, one in eight is brewed by a coffee capsule machine
- And of these coffee capsules, most find their way to landfills or incinerators, due to the non-recyclable nature of their aluminium, plastic and paper materials
As you can see from just these three facts alone, the more coffee we enjoy, and the more coffee capsules we use, the more we could be potentially contributing to environmental damage and pollution. It’s for this reason that Cafféluxe has been working tirelessly to perfect environmentally friendly compostable capsules.
While we love coffee, we love the environment too, which is why our innovative compostable coffee capsules have been designed to create as little negative ecological impact as possible. Compliant with the stringent requirements of the EN 13432 standard with regards to chemical composition, biodegradation, disintegration and quality of the final compost and ecotoxicity, all of the materials used to create our unique capsules have been certified by Vinçotte and received the “OK Compost” certification. In this way, Caffeluxe is doing its part to create coffee with a conscience, as well as capsules that don’t cost the earth.
We’re sure you have some questions regarding our environmentally friendly compostable capsules, so we’ll do our best to answer them:
What does “compostable capsule” mean?
A compostable capsule is one able to disintegrate into natural elements within a compost environment and convert into humus, leaving no toxicity in the soil. This process typically lasts 90 days.
What are biodegradable organic materials?
Essentially, any plant-based, animal-based or natural mineral-based product has the capability to biodegrade, however products made from man-made compounds generally do not. When a man-made compound is formulated in a laboratory, combinations of elements are made that exist outside nature and there are no corresponding microorganisms to break them down.
While different materials biodegrade at different rates, any material that comes from nature will return to it as long as it is still in a relatively natural form. Theoretically, however, every material, whether natural or man-made will ultimately biodegrade, although some materials may take centuries to break down.
What does “industrial composting” mean?
Industrial compost facilities process compostable waste through a variety of methods under controlled conditions. Mixed household waste as well as commercial and industrial waste is sorted and processed to enable the recovery of materials contained within the mixed waste, facilitating the stabilisation of the biodegradable component of the material.
What is the difference between ‘compostable’ and ‘recyclable’?
Good question! A recyclable material is any material that can be re-used, usually involving the material undergoing further processing to extract the desired material from the waste.
Compostable materials or goods require no further processing in order to be broken down, other than exposure to moisture, heat, light and microbiological agents. The final product left after the composting process is completed is a non-toxic organic material.