What do we mean when we say compostable?

Our Eco Coffee Pods are 100% industrially compostable.

Coffee pod technology has made drinking great coffee at home even easier. Over  300,000,000 cups  were made  with pod machines in the UK last year, but did you know nearly 95% of these  aluminium and plastic pods ended up straight in landfill? Your coffee pods  can take over 500  years to break down if you just throw them in the bin. We  have something better.... Our pods  not only have a long shelf life, but will also break down into nutrient-rich fertiliser in just 90 days. All you have to do is place them in your local authority food-waste collection bin after use.

Why is composting important?

Composting food waste and biodegradable materials, as opposed to leaving them in landfill, is the most environment sustainable solution to waste disposal. Composting crucially reduces the amount of potent methane gas that is released into the atmosphere and toxic residue in the ground, as well as producing nitrogen-rich natural fertilisers as a by-product.

If you see the term 'compostable' on packaging this means that the materials have been certified to break down completely into non-toxic components (water, carbon dioxide, and biomass) given the right conditions.

What are Volcano's Eco Coffee pods made of?

The capsules, lids and bag packaging we use are made of a plant-based cornstarch bio-plastic. This material guarantees our pods an unlimited shelf life while preserving the exceptional taste of our award-winning coffee, and after use can be industrially composted with your food waste.

What does 'industrially compostable' mean?

After you’ve made your coffee, all you have to do is place the used capsule in your local authority food-waste collection bin to be taken to your nearest industrial composting plant.

Industrial composting systems balance microbes, moisture and warmth to break food waste and biodegradable packaging into water, carbon dioxide and biomass, which can be used by farmers as high-quality fertiliser.

Can I compost them at home instead? 

Not all compostable materials are suitable for composting at home.

Plant-based bio-plastics are tough enough to guarantee an unlimited shelf life and require a more intense climate to break down than can be created in a home composting system.

Is composting better than recycling?

We think so! Did you know that the UK exports some 66% of its plastic for recycling, with no idea if it actually gets recycled?

Food contamination is an additional inevitable problem with recycling your coffee pods. For disposables designed for storing food, it makes sense to use materials that can be composted together with food, like in industrial composting.


More and more local authorities in the UK are improving their composting schemes to recycle food waste and plant-based packaging materials. However there are still some differences between what you can dispose of in different local council areas, so please check local composting rules before disposing of any compostable materials.

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