Halo Coffee urges big producers to make sustainable capsules

The UK is facing an environmental crisis caused by the nations ever increasing coffee consumption, according to analysis from Halo Coffee – producer of home compostable paper-based coffee capsules.

Mintel’s coffee report for 2018 estimated that 1 billion capsules will be consumed by British drinkers in 2019, with  70% (700m) of these, mainly plastic and aluminium (95%) headed for landfill, taking up to 500 years to degrade. 

Sales of coffee capsules in the UK continue to rise, now making up17%of the total coffee market with capsules being the ‘the main contributor to the volume growth’ of coffee. The volume of capsules now stands at 9 million kg per year with less than a third being recycled.

The Mintel report also highlighted that only 41% of UK coffee launches in 2018 made an environmentally-friendly packaging claim. This was supported by Halo’s own independent research study among 2,000 UK coffee drinkers which revealed that two thirds of coffee drinkers (66%) felt that brands don’t provide enough information on how to recycle capsules correctly.  Consuemrs are confused about where to put the spent capsules; do they go into the normal bin, food waste, recycle bin or home compost? 73% of capsule drinkers admitted to havingno idea what happens to them oncedisposed.

Nils Leonard, co-founder of Halo Coffee said: “We’ve written to government as part of its consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system,urging much stronger action to ensure less plastic andaluminiumends inlandfilland to end the confusion for consumers who are often unwittingly failing to recycle properly.

“This is about more than just the coffee industry, it’s about the UK recognising the power the coffee has to either help or harm our environment. This country needs to do a lot more to prevent billions of coffee capsules going into landfill in the UK and globally respectively. The problem is educational, and the market must face up to the responsibility it has to enable consumers to make responsible choices when purchasing capsules.   

“If a small company like Halo produces a capsule without aluminium, plastic or bioplastic, then other larger manufacturers should follow suit. We’ve laid down the challenge, for the sake of the planet we hope they take it up.”

Halo coffee capsules are made from a 100% natural blend of sugar cane and pulp paper that can simply be thrown in the normal home bin, food bin or compost when it’s finished. Each capsule will break down, depending on the atmospheric conditions, in approximately four weeks and isn’t a contaminant.

Halo Coffee is available to purchase from https://halo.coffee/ with prices starting at £7.00 for a box of ten.

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