Gordon St Coffee introduced UK’s first fully compostable coffee capsules

Gordon St Coffee introduced UK’s first fully compostable coffee capsules

September 23 - 2021

Coffee Geography Magazine

Gordon St Coffee, based in Scotland brought its new Nespresso-compatible capsules made from Solinatra, a biomaterial alternative to single-use plastic to the UK market.

The company announced that the new capsules are both biodegradable and compostable which fit to be trashed in food waste and garden compost bins.

Researchers have assured customers that the capsules break down in the same time frame as a banana skin and leave behind “zero contamination” or microplastics.

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The new capsules are available to purchase from Gordon St Coffee’s roasteries in Glasgow and Edinburgh or online from the company’s website. The capsules come in packs of ten, at a retail price of £5, and are also available as a subscription.

Solinatra uses the by-products of harvested crops to create a material that apparently looks and feels like plastic. Over 60 billion coffee capsules are consumed each year worldwide. It further claims that, while some coffee capsules are marketed as compostable, most are made from multiple layers of material and contain plastics or aluminium.

Coffee capsules on the UK market are often only industrially compostable and do not always reach specialist recycling centers. Gordon St Coffee claims that its new Solinatra range is the “first truly sustainable" coffee capsule on the UK market.

The Solinatra material was initially launched by biomaterials manufacturer Coda Group earlier this year. Apparently suitable for a wide range of applications as well as coffee capsules, Solinatra has been highlighted as an “exciting innovation” for sustainable packaging.