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Club Coffee’s 100% compostable coffee pod earns BPI certification


September 24, 2015
By Canadian Vending
PR Newswire

Toronto – Club Coffee says it will soon release a coffee pod that is 100 per cent compostable, meaning the whole pod can go into the municipal green bin.

The company’s PῧrPod100, designed for coffee, tea and other hot beverages, has earned Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certification.

BPI certification requires that products be tested in approved independent laboratories and then be independently verified according to scientific standards ASTM D6400 and D6868. “Third-party certification is important because it validates that PῧrPod100™ breaks down in large-scale composting,” said John Pigott, Club Coffee CEO, in a news release. “Equally important, this external certification tells consumers that they can buy the right solution to the mounting problem of waste and its impact on the environment associated with single-serve formats. It also offers a solution for municipal governments who see a growing number of single-serve pods flooding their landfills.

Club Coffee developed the PῧrPod100 in collaboration with the University of Guelph’s Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC).

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“This is a wonderful example of how research and innovation at the University of Guelph makes a difference around the world. This successful partnership highlights how we use our discoveries to produce tangible solutions to real-life issues,” university president Franco Vaccarino said.

Certification by the BPI confirms that PῧrPod100 is “industrially compostable,” meaning that it fully breaks down in large-scale commercial composting processes, the company said in the release. Local governments across Canada are investing in composting processes to divert food and other organic waste to productive uses and away from landfills.

“Club Coffee is the first manufacturer to earn BPI certification for single-serve pods,” said Rhodes Yepsen, executive director, BPI. “Diverting products associated with food residuals away from disposal is complicated, and BPI certification is a critical piece of the process, ensuring that items will break down in a timely manner in the appropriate composting environment, and not have a negative impact on the quality of the finished compost.”

Club Coffee created PῧrPod100™ in response to consumer concerns about the ever-increasing waste associated with traditional single-serve pods and the need for an alternative that would still deliver a great taste experience, while helping to protect the environment. PῧrPod100™ is compatible with most Keurig®-style brewing systems, including the new Keurig® 2.0 brewers. Its successful BPI certification was earned partly because of the pod’s innovative use of plant-based resins and its use of the coffee “chaff,” the coffee bean skin left over from the roasting process, in the pod’s distinctive design.

“We support progressive change in the packaging value chain,” said James D. Downham, president and CEO, PAC Packaging Consortium. “As many companies are working to offer more sustainable solutions, the world’s first certified, fully compostable single-serve pod is a significant milestone in sustainable packaging that should be celebrated.”

The certification announcement is also being saluted by composting leaders. “Just like every manufacturing process, there are standards and production requirements at compost facilities to ensure compost product quality,” said Susan Antler, executive director, Compost Council of Canada. “While each compost facility has specific criteria as to the types of organic residuals that will be accepted and processed, successfully undergoing certification testing for compostability is a reflection of Club Coffee’s leadership and commitment to the compost industry’s vision and efforts to recover organic residuals and produce quality compost products for soil health and vitality.”