If you love a cuppa, then you'll be familiar with the revolutionary invention of coffee pods. They're such a convenient and cost effective way to make delicious coffee in the comfort of your own home. However like many things in life, when it all seems to good to be true, it often is! Mainstream disposable coffee pods are made from non biodegradable plastic and aluminium which create an unimaginable amount of waste each year. That's why I was so excited to discover SealPods, who create environmentally friendly, reusable coffee pods that are compatible with my Nespresso machine.
Why should regular coffee pods be avoided?
With their convenience and cost effectiveness, the world has fallen head over heels for coffee pods. However, despite these benefits, disposable coffee pods are contributing to an enormous amount of waste each year. In Australia we consume an estimate of 3 million coffee pods every day.2 Last year in the UK alone, roughly 260 million capsules were consumed.1 That's a lot of waste! It has also been estimated that as of 2012, popular brand Nespresso had sold approximately 27 billion coffee pods.1 With up to 95% of coffee pods made from non-recyclable plastic and aluminium, a huge amount of non-biodegradable waste is being generated each and every day, causing irreversible damage to our environment.3
What is the alternative? The best reusable coffee pods for Nespresso
SealPod have reinvented the coffee pod in an environmentally conscious way, by coming up with completely reusable coffee pods! Made from durable stainless steel with a silicone ring, these capsules can be filled with your favourite Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate blend and brewed in your compatible Nespresso machine, so you can choose whichever flavour you want. After use, just rinse them out and use all over again! These eco-friendly coffee pods help to minimise waste and are actually more cost-effective than pre-packaged, disposable coffee capsules which end up in landfill.3 Without the compromise on quality or taste, they're the environmentally friendly way to enjoy your daily caffeine hit and they'll last a lifetime.
Which reusable pods are right for me?
Ready to make the switch? We stock the best range of reusable coffee pods for Nespresso in Australia, making finding the right eco friendly coffee capsules easy!
SealPod Starter Pack
The SealPod Starter Pack is ideal for anyone wanting to test out the reusable coffee pods system before committing to a larger pack, containing one stainless steel capsule, fresh cover, sticker lids and scoop, which can be reused over and over again. Simply fill with your favourite coffee blend, tamp, and seal with a Sticker Lid before placing in your Nespresso coffee machine as normal.
Perfect for smaller households and occasional coffee drinkers, the Seal Pod 2 Pack contains two reusable coffee pods with over 100 sticker lids so you can rotate capsules in your machine. This pack makes a great idea for couples who prefer different coffee blends!
The SealPod 5 Pack is ideal for larger family households or coffee addicts. With five reusable coffee pods and covers and over 100 sticker lids, this pack suits anyone who needs a coffee hit multiple times a day, or families who all prefer different flavours. There's no fighting over which pod flavours to buy when each person can add their favourite blend to their own reusable coffee pod!
Espresso Sticker Lids
While the Sticker Lids are disposable, they are actually recyclable and so can be put in the recycling bin after use, so nothing goes into landfill! With a food grade adhesive, these lids produce a rich, thicker crema due to the pressure in the coffee capsule, but don't affect the quality of your coffee by adding any heavy metal taste. Tested for food safety, these lids can be repurchased for use with your stainless steel coffee capsules.
Biodegradable Sticker Lids
To make your refillable coffee pods even more environmentally friendly, SealPod also produces Biodegradable Sticker Lids which are ideal for brewing Chai, Tea or Hot Chocolate, and can also be used for Coffee although do not produce quite as thick a crema. These biodegradable sticker lids can be placed in your compost bin after use to break down, so there's no waste with each use of your machine!
How to use your reusable coffee pods
The SealPod stainless steel capsules can be reused as many times as you like, and will last a lifetime in your machine. To use, fill with your favourite ground coffee, tea or hot chocolate blend, tamp down to compress, then seal with your choice of Sticker Lid and place in your machine to brew as normal. After each use, rinse the coffee capsule with water and dispose of sticker lid in recycling or compost. Repeat process with fresh grounds and a new sticker lid. If you're brewing a coffee to take with you to work, make sure you take it in your KeepCup to keep it fresh and prevent spilling.
(sources: 1telegraph.co.uk, 2bbc.com, 3SealPod)