Waitrose heats up eco commitments with compostable coffee pods

Waitrose 1 coffee capsules

Waitrose says it will be stocking own-brand coffee pods that will be compostable at home – and they're certified by Fairtrade too.

Available from December in four varieties – Colombia, Brazil, decaffeinated Peru and Italian-style espresso – the Waitrose 1 coffee capsules will be compatible with Nespresso machines.

The cardboard packaging will also be widely recyclable, so it all fits in with the supermarket's commitment to make all of its own-label packaging 'widely recyclable, reusable or home compostable by 2025'.

Waitrose coffee pods 2

"Our customers love coffee and worry about the waste pods can create," says Polly Astbury, Coffee Buyer at Waitrose. "By being the first supermarket to launch its own home compostable coffee pods we're really happy to be able to offer a solution."

Coffee pods really are a scourge and Brits use a lot of them – Waitrose says it's estimated that one-third of people in the UK own a coffee pod machine – but the used coffee grounds make a really good fertiliser, so being able to compost the capsules is win-win.

Waitrose also began selling The Eden Project's home compostable coffee pods in March.

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