Why Coffee Pods Are An Environmental Disaster

Why Coffee Pods Are An Environmental Disaster

What with George Clooney becoming the face of Nespresso and hundreds of stylish, luxurious Nespresso® shops opening up throughout the country, it seems the coffee pod industry is booming! But have you thought about where all your pod waste is ending up? 

Most pods, including Nespresso® are made from plastic and aluminium. They aren't biodegradable and can only be recycled if sorted and recycled correctly. However these capsules can't be recycled easily because of their mix of plastic and aluminium materials.

Sure ....Nespresso® do offer a pod recycling scheme but it seems not many of us are actually using it. Nespresso® won't even publish their recycling figures so one can only assume these recycling statistics are horrendous!

If they aren't being recycled then where do they go? That's right folks, landfill! The shocking news is that coffee pods can take up to 500 years to break down in landfill. 


So Just How Many Pods End Up In Landfill?

It's estimated up to a billion pods go to landfill every year and with pod sales increasing year on year, this disturbing figure is likely to increase.

Former Nespresso® boss and inventor of the Nespresso® pods now describe them as a 'terrible mistake".

It's considered so disastrous to the Government in Hamburg that is has placed a ban on all single use coffee pods, calling it 'unnecessary resource consumption and waste generation'.

Compostable Coffee Pods

We are seeing lots of new compostable pods hit the shelves which is a great news and gives us a glimmer of hope. However, I can't but help feel this is still a lot of material, production and waste (albeit compostable waste) for every tiny single 6g serving of coffee.

But there is another option.... SealPod.

What is SealPod?

SealPod are reusable stainless steel coffee pods that can be reused, time and time again. Simply scoop out used coffee into the bin, rinse out and re-use with a new foil lid sticker.

Compatible with most Nespresso® Dolce Gusto® machines, SealPod allows you to reduce waste and single use plastics. Not only that, but you can choose your own coffee, too.

See exactly how it works for SealPod Nespresso® here....



I hear what you are saying! The whole point of a pod machine is convenience! But why should we sacrifice the environment for convenience just to save an extra minute of our time per day? 

Purchase a 2 pack or 5 pack and prepare all your pods at one time. This will help speed things up when you are in a rush by using a pod you prepared earlier.

If you have learn't anything from watching BBC 2's Blue Planet, it really does highlight the devastating effect that plastic pollution is having on our planet. Thus highlighting the importance to reduce consumption, single use plastics and waste.

Let's make a change. We only have one planet and so let's save it, together.