UCC Coffee has launched its first Nespresso® compatible home compostable capsule, EkoPod, which has been independently certified 'OK compost HOME' by TÜV Austria - the European standard for compostable products.
The independent ‘OK compost HOME’ S0464 certification guarantees that the capsule will compost at home under natural conditions in 12 months or less.
The 'EkoPod' is unlike any other compostable capsule currently available in the market due to its unique top lid sealing technology.
It is airtight, which guarantees that coffee freshness stays locked in for nine months, without using any plastics.
From January 2021, EkoPod will be available as a private-label product and will enable retailers to meet surging demand for consumer-friendly and sustainable Nespresso® pods.
It can also help retailers achieve their sustainability and plastic-reduction goals.
The EkoPod can be put straight into a home compost heap, food waste bin, or garden waste bin to decompose naturally, just like an apple core, making it easy for consumers to enjoy the convenience of capsules at home without harming the planet.
R&D and innovation director at UCC Coffee, Luigi Ceccarelli, said, "Unlike other home compostable capsules currently on the market, we don't believe compostability should mean a compromise on coffee quality and flavour. So, we've taken time and care to develop a genuine innovation that combines sustainability with a superior cup of coffee.
"Our unique top lid sealing technology has been developed to guarantee an unbeatable airtight reliability, thanks to precise contact time, contact pressure and temperature parameters. This oxygen tightness is a crucial USP for retailers and consumers, as it guarantees coffee freshness and a great cup of coffee for up to nine months."
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