TIPA and ATI Develop Compostable Coffee Capsule Lids

Global packaging developer and manufacturer TIPA has launched a first-of-its-kind fully compostable coffee pod lid in collaboration with technology innovation company ATI. The lidding material, patent-protected by ATI, can be optimized alongside the coffee grind, ensuring the highest extraction quality. It fits all compostable coffee pods and its specific coffee filling lines, and is suitable for all pod variations fitting the Nespresso system.

This lid meets the UK and EU adopted protocol EN 13432 or EN 14995, which complements the UK mandate for food waste collection by 2026 and the US government’s food loss and waste reduction goals. The lid is made possible using TIPA’s laminate with a zero-waste end of life, transforming the lid and pod into nutrient-rich soil within a few months when disposed of in a compost bin.

Plastic and aluminum coffee pods have dominated the market, but a recent study from Wageningen University and Research (WUR) found that compostable coffee pods are the most sustainable option for single-serve coffee units. In 2022, consumers viewed compostability as one of the most environmentally sustainable end-of-life disposal methods for packaging.

The new lid is plant-based and certified by OK Biobased in their official laboratories, achieving the highest accreditation of 4 stars, ensuring the carbon content of the product is at least 80 percent, meaning the carbon is derived from renewable raw materials. TIPA and ATI’s innovation is a game-changing development in the world of sustainable at-home coffee making, aiming to end the plastic crisis and create fully compostable packaging that leaves no trace.

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