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Our Pods vs. Aluminium Pods

- fact sheet -

Whether you're new to Pod & Parcel or been with us from the start back in 2016, our ethos has been to take incremental steps towards a more sustainable alternative.

The below information is intended to serve as a direct comparison between the use bioplastics and aluminium to better assist you in making an informed decision.

After the table, you will see how we intend to address current limitations of our technology.

Since our establishment in 2016, our ethos has been to take incremental steps towards a more sustainable alternative.

The below information is intended to serve as a direct comparison between the use bioplastics and aluminium to better assist you in making an informed decision.

After the table, you will see how we intend to address current limitations of our technology.


Made out of a renewable biomass

The capsule itself is a bioplastic derived from renewable biomass sources, in our case, corn starch.

                             

Made out of non-renewable fossil fuels

The production of aluminium relies on limited resources, coal, oil and natural gas. It is estimated that fossil fuels will run out in 2088 at current rates.

No toxic emissions produced

Decomposition leaves a nutrient rich humus, returning nutrients back to the soil with no toxic residue.          

                       

Toxic emissions produced when recycled

Each tonne of recycled aluminium produces 200-500kg of 'salt cake', a highly toxic substance to living organisms made up of aluminium oxides, carbides, nitrides, sulphides and phosphides.

Biodegradable & compostable

Provided the capsules are sent to a commercial composting facility, they will break down in approx. 90 days.                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Recyclable

Aluminium pods will not be processed for recycling if simply placed in your recycling bin as they are too small to be recognised by Australia's recycling filters. For this reason, they must be sent back to specific recycling facilities for processing.

Made out of a renewable biomass

The capsule itself is a bioplastic derived from renewable biomass sources, in our case, corn starch.

 

 

                             

Made out of non-renewable fossil fuels

The production of aluminium relies on limited resources, coal, oil and natural gas. It is estimated that fossil fuels will run out in 2088 at current rates.

 

No toxic emissions produced

Decomposition leaves a nutrient rich humus, returning nutrients back to the soil with no toxic residue.          

 

 

 

                       

Toxic emissions produced when recycled

Each tonne of recycled aluminium produces 200-500kg of 'salt cake', a highly toxic substance to living organisms made up of aluminium oxides, carbides, nitrides, sulphides and phosphides.

Biodegradable & compostable

Provided the capsules are sent to a commercial composting facility, they will break down in approx. 90 days.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Recyclable

Aluminium pods will not be processed for recycling if simply placed in your recycling bin as they are too small to be recognised by Australia's recycling filters. For this reason, they must be sent back to specific recycling facilities for processing.

 

As awareness grows, progress is made.


Limited commercial composters


There are commercial composting facilities in Australia and more are currently being developed due to increased consumer awareness. However, at present, few are available in councils for consumers to benefit.

For this reason, we working on a partnership solution to assist consumers in composting their pods.

Why aluminium lids?


Although our capsule is made from a bioplastic, we use 0.1g aluminium in the lids, around 1/10th of a fully aluminium pod.

Paper lids have consistently resulted in under-extracted, water coffee due to their inability to be pierced, as paper is a poor conductor of heat.

Trials of new paper lids are currently underway.

Next steps

When plastic bottles and aluminium cans were introduced, they weren't recycled either.

Without a thriving bioplastics market, there's no incentive for the industry to compost them.

In the words of Rowan Williams, president of the Australasian Bioplastics Association:

 

"Innovative packaging companies shouldn't be criticised for trying to find a more sustainable solution... These guys are in front of the game – they are not doing some misleading. The consumer wants to do the right thing.

Do you punish these people for promoting something to try to grow awareness?"

 

It is our goal to have all components of our packaging fully home-compostable.

Step by step and with your support, we can get there.

When plastic bottles and aluminium cans were introduced, they weren't recycled either.

Without a thriving bioplastics market, there's no incentive for the industry to compost them.

In the words of Rowan Williams, president of the Australasian Bioplastics Association:

"Innovative packaging companies shouldn't be criticised for trying to find a more sustainable solution... These guys are in front of the game – they are not doing some misleading. The consumer wants to do the right thing. Do you punish these people for promoting something to try to grow awareness?"

It is our goal to have all components of our packaging fully home-compostable.

Step by step and with your support, we can get there.

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