Introducing the "NO WASTE" OneCup

French Roast 100ct OneCup box

Our new No Waste OneCups are certified compostable in industrial and commercial composting facilities.

French Roast OneCup - single-serve-coffee pods

Where can I find them?

Our first No Waste OneCup product was our 100-count French Roast, found in Costco stores. Now, all OneCups we produce are compostable in an industrial composting facility, whether purchased from Costco, Costco.com, or our website, Gourmet-Coffee.com.

Costco carries our No Waste OneCup - compostable coffee pods

What does Certified Compostable mean?

Scientist testing and certifying compostable materials
Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) Certification Numbers

Our finished product and its components have been tested and passed all requirements set by Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and have been certified compostable in industrial and commercial composting facilities.

What does Industrial/Commercial Facilities mean?

Commercial or industrial composting is large-scale composting, which is designed to handle a very high volume of organic waste.

These are often run by the city or county and are frequently found near your landfill.

You can find the industrial/commercial composter near you by searching online or using a website such as FindAComposter.com.

Industrial compost facility

The Compost Can

Some areas provide a special "composting" can for pickup each week. If this can is taking its contents to the local industrial/commercial composter, then disposal of your OneCup waste should be fine.

Please note that placing your OneCup waste in the other bins will not take it to the proper location.

Trash, waste, compost, recycling bins

Can I just put the OneCup in my home compost?

Outdoor home composting bin / container

No. Our OneCup is not certified compostable for home composting yet. We are working on this certification, but the requirements are different than industrial/commercial composting.

To know if a product is ok for home composting, you need to look for a certification like this one from Vincotte that specifically says HOME on it.

Vinçotte HOME compost label

What parts of the OneCup are Compostable?

ALL OF THEM!

Lidding

Made from plant based renewable resources such as paper and wood pulp.

OneCup lid is made from plant based renewable resources.

Ring

Made from plant based renewable resources such as vegetable oil, plant starches, and trees.

OneCup ring is made from plant based renewable resources.

Mesh Filter

Made from plant based renewable resources such as vegetable oil, plant starches, and trees.

OneCup mesh filter is made from plant based renewable resources.
Mother bag containing OneCup coffees

Mother Bag

Unlike other brands, we feel that it is important to have all packaging elements either compostable or recyclable.

This includes the bag that our OneCups are packed in for freshness.

Each Mother bag is made from plant based renewable resources such as paper and wood pulp.

BIODEGRADABLE vs COMPOSTABLE

  • Breaks down into smaller pieces
  • May never fully break down
  • May take decades to disappear
  • Can leave metal and toxic residue, which can hurt plant growth
Trash waste bag
  • Breaks down into "humus" which provides valuable nutrients to the soil
  • Does not inhibit plant growth
  • Breaks down completely within four months
  • Does not release metals or toxins into the compost

What's the difference between Bio-Degradable and Compostable?

The main difference between biodegradable and compostable is that the latter breaks down into "humus," which provides valuable nutrients to the soil.

Biodegradable products just return to nature, disintegrating or dissappearing completely. This disintegration could take a week or years - another difference with compostable, where items must break down in a a "timely" fashion i.e., one to four months. (The FTC states biodegradable items have "reasonably short period of time" to break down, which hasn't been clarified.)

Finally, compostable items must completely break down and not release any metals or toxins into the compost. Biodegradable products can leave metal residue in their return to nature.

Do your pods contain plastic? It's complicated.

The term "plastic" actually defines a process.

plas •tic plastik - a synthetic material made from a wide range of polymers that can be molded into shape while soft and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form.

How plastic is created

Traditional (bad) plastic does not compost. New (good) "plant based" plastic does.

Traditional plastics are made of petrochemicals, are bad for the environment, are not from renewable resources, and are not compostable.

The new "plastics" that we use are revolutionary - they are called PLA (Polylactic Acid). They are derived from renewable, plant-based resources. They are compostable when manufactured and disposed of properly.

So, technically, our pods contain plastic - but the "good" plastic, not the "bad" one. Furthermore, our OneCups are BPA free.

The best way to dispose of our OneCup pod is in an industrial composting facility. Every element of our pods, including the mother bag and coffee, are compostable this way.

What do you mean "Bad" and "Good" plastic?

It's all about the materials that go into it.

Traditional petrochemical polymer types of plastic

Traditional (bad) plastics are made of petrochemicals including fossil fuels, coal, and natural gas.

The building blocks of these kinds of plastic are from elements like methane, propane, naptha, butane, and benzene.

They do not compost and the waste will be around for many decades.

New polylactic acid polymer types of plastic

PLA or new (good) plastics are made of renewable resources such as corn starch, sugarcane, and cassava roots.

This plastic is most commonly created from polymerization (joining molecules) of lactic acids to create a stable form.

They will compost and the waste will be gone in 4 to 6 months with no soil toxicity.