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COMPOSTABLE CAPSULES

They will be made from Mater-Bi®

A new paradigm of development that starts with coffee and a 100% Italian compostable espresso capsule: this is the result of the project that has involved two leading Italian names — Lavazza and Novamont — in a 5-year research project.

The capsule will be made of Mater-Bi®, compatible with the entire range of “A Modo Mio” systems, and available in two selected 100% Arabica blends, certified by the Rainforest Alliance NGO.

With this innovation, Lavazza focused on a precise stage of the life cycle of the product: the end of life. To date, in the “production-consumption disposal” linear model, waste is sent to landfills or for incineration. Applying the circular economy principle of zero waste, Lavazza and Novamont created a capsule which can be collected with the organic waste and sent for industrial composting, where the capsule and used coffee are recycled together as compost, a natural fertilizer for soil.


Compostable capsules

Lavazza’s compostable capsules comply with compostability certification in accordance with standard UNI EN 13432 — the capsule bears the Ok Compost Vinçotte logo — and are a vital step in the evolution of systems towards making consumers more aware of the environment.

These capsules will contribute significantly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions thanks to the environmental performance of the material.

Q&As

To take a closer look

What does “compostable capsule” mean?

It means that the Lavazza capsule is made from biodegradable organic materials that can be converted into humus or compost in a composting plant.

What are biodegradable organic materials?

Biodegradable organic materials are materials that can be broken down into simpler substances (such as carbon dioxide, water and methane) through the action of microorganisms.
The definition of ‘biodegradable’ is strictly dependent on the conditions and the time characterising the biodegradation process.
Without such specifications, the term ‘biodegradable’ becomes vague as virtually any organic matter is biodegradable if time is not limited.

What does “industrial composting” mean?

It indicates the industrial processing of the wet fraction of urban solid waste, agricultural waste and biodegradable industrial waste, to obtain marketable compost.
The waste is processed biologically, with oxygen.

What is the difference between ‘compostable’ and ‘recyclable’?

Recycling means restoring something to use, while biodegradable organic materials are compostable, meaning that they can be turned into compost and used as a fertiliser in agriculture.