‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’

Context of the Problem

It is hard to believe that products such a coffee bags and coffee pods can be broken down into a rich compost soil that is then utilised for the cultivation of the very crops contained in their bio-mix. It takes this type of smart cyclical thinking to give humanity a pre-purchased ticket to a bright future.

To give some context, conventional landfills are consuming the very land we need to exact life with an estimated 2 Billion tons of waste reaching landfills each year;

Food & Green 44%
Paper & Cardboard 17%
Other 14%
Plastic 12%
Glass 5%
Metal 4%
Wood 2%
Rubber & Leather 2%


Coffee pods for example are sent to landfill each year on a monstrous scale. Out of an estimated 60 Billion pods produced annually, about 56 Billion reach landfill, yet another product adding to the complex issue of waste equating to 280 Million kg’s of additional waste all in the name of a shot of coffee. It is our goal at Green Barista to reduce our impact on the global environment by taking steps locally to ensure minimisation of waste and needless use of resources comes to an end.

How it all Stacks Up

When we look at a finished product, take a 60 pack of our pods for example we see many components that need to have design features and subsequent programs that ensure the remains of the product re-enter the supply chain for future use. Components in a 60 pack as follows;

  1. Outer Carton
    1. Carton made from x% recycled cardboard
    2. Can be disposed in recycling bin OR returned through our Roast & Return program with pods inside
  2. Inner Carton
    1. Carton made from x% recycled cardboard
    2. Can be disposed in recycling bin OR returned through our Roast & Return program with pods inside
  3. Pods
    1. Pod made from 70% bio plant matter
    2. Can be disposed via our Roast & Return program for industrial composting
  4. Paper Pod Lidding
    1. Lidding made from paper pulp
    2. Can be disposed via our Roast & Return program for industrial composting
    3. Aids composting process greatly, as wood and paper crucial to aeration of compost
  5. Coffee Grounds
    1. Organic product sourced ethically utilising clean energy meaning carbon footprint is minimised pre-composting
    2. Disposed via Roast & Return Program
    3. Aids composting process greatly as is organic matter

 The Closed Loop & What it Creates

What we can observe from the above product deconstruction is that three key components of the Global Waste Issue are being reduced every time we sell to a customer

  1. Food & Green waste
  2. Paper & Cardboard waste
  3. Plastic Waste

It is the diversion of organic waste from landfill to Aerated Static Pile Composting facilities that has the potential to reduce food scraps and traditional plastic waste to landfill. Recycling of paper and cardboard back into the supply chain, even though it is a well-covered issue is not executed to its full potential. We must view the creation of anything as a closed loop or we risk a range of lasting and detrimental issues to our health and future.

With the creation of these perpetual resource loops, we have the ability to control impacts on the environment, the economy and society as a whole. Green Barista are proudly committed to doing good by adhering to the principles of an 'Earth Friendly' product. 

 Sources; 

  1. https://datatopics.worldbank.org/what-a-waste/trends_in_solid_waste_management.html
  2. https://www.newstalk.com/news/over-56-billion-coffee-capsules-to-go-to-landfill-this-year-492445
  3. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-16/most-nespresso-coffee-pods-not-being-recycled/11708910