Packaging manufacturer ALPLA has launched a biodegradable coffee capsule that consumers can dispose of in their home compost.
The company has worked with materials manufacturer Golden Compound to create the capsule and has said that this is a world first for the market.
This capsule is made from the material Golden Compound Green, which is an organically-based material, with ground natural fibres from sunflower seed shells as a reinforcing material.
They are a by-product of the food industry and not in competition with food production, said ALPLA.
From this, Golden Compound green protects fossil resources and reduces the carbon footprint, and composting the capsule produces humus, with the coffee grounds containing valuable plant nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen.
Both the capsule and filter fleece are completely biodegradable in the garden compost within a maximum of six months and are free from aluminium and genetically modified organisms.
ALPLA also provides customers with the capsule and the garden-compostable lid.
The capsules are Nespresso compatible. Original Nespresso capsules are made from 100% aluminium, and Nespresso operates a recycling scheme for the capsules.