Biodegradable coffee pods have been successfully manufactured by a British company which is developing different uses for natural plastics.

Biome Bioplastics is offering the first solution to the problem of single-use capsules, in an attempt to cut down on the amount of such capsules ending up on landfill sites.

Biome developed a range of compostable materials which can be used to make coffee pods. The company then passed them onto manufacturing partners before selling them on to a number of different coffee brands. Biome claims that the coffee pods will biodegrade to the international standards of composting environments.

The move is perhaps no surprise – given that the British market for coffee pod machines continues to grow, with usage reportedly up 45 per cent in the 12 months to February 2013.

The company told environmentalleader.com of its plans to produce a range of natural polymer based products for the hot drinks industry and will make more announcements regarding this in the months to come.

Paul Mines, Biome Bioplastics’ CEO, added on foodbev.com that single-serve coffee pods are a great example of the important role that packaging plays in the food and beverage sector.

Mr Mines said: “The challenge is to reduce environmental impact through packaging optimisation without impacting on food quality or safety, or inconveniencing the customer. Bioplastics are an important part of the solution.”

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