Packaging manufacturer Alpla has worked alongside materials maker Golden Compound to release what they claim is the world’s first biodegradable coffee capsule.
The capsule is made from an organically-based material and ground natural fibres from sunflower seed shells.
Sunflower seed shells have excellent characteristics as the oxygen barrier is comparable with conventional plastics such as PP-EVOH-PP. The monolayer coffee capsule is thus aroma-proof without outer packaging.
Alpla said the capsule and filter fleece are completely biodegradable in the garden compost within a maximum of six months as well as being free from aluminium and genetically modified organisms.
The first company to use the new innovation is Austrian coffee roaster Amann Kaffee.