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Together with Golden Compound, ALPLA has developed a market-ready coffee capsule that is compostable at home.
Together with Golden Compound, ALPLA has developed a market-ready coffee capsule that is compostable at home.

In cooperation with materials manufacturer Golden Compound, packaging producer ALPLA is bringing the market a biodegradable coffee capsule that consumers can dispose of in their home compost. ALPLA will provide its customers with the capsule and the garden-compostable lid.

The capsule is made from the material Golden Compound green. This comprises an organically based material and ground natural fibres from sunflower seed shells. The capsule and filter fleece are completely biodegradable in the garden compost within a maximum of six months, and are free from aluminium and genetically modified organisms.

Meanwhile, Golden Compound uses sunflower seed shells as a reinforcing material. They are a by-product of the food industry and not in competition with food production. In this way, Golden Compound green protects fossil resources and reduces the carbon footprint. Composting the capsule generates humus, and the coffee grounds contain valuable plant nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen.

The material also has excellent characteristics, as confirmed by numerous certificates: the oxygen barrier is very much comparable with conventional plastics such as PP-EVOH-PP. The monolayer coffee capsule is thus aroma-proof without outer packaging.

Furthermore, Golden Compound green is certified in line with the standards ‘OK compost HOME’ and ‘OK biodegradable SOIL’ from TÜV, a global testing, certification and inspection provider.

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