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Zero waste 'coffee balls' are the way forward

Words by Abi Scaife

A Swiss retailer has launched the first ever Zero Waste coffee pods – in ball form.

Sounds amazing!

It is! The company Migros has developed an innovative new way to deliver single use coffee, involving pressing coffee into small balls that can be used in coffee machines. 

So how does it work?

The coffee is compressed into small ‘coffee balls’ which are then coated in a clear, tasteless, colourless wrapper made of (wait for it) seaweed.

The seaweed wrapper stays on the coffee ball through brewing, and the whole parcel is then safe to be composted at home. 

As well as reducing plastic and aluminium waste, these balls use less coffee per cup than traditional coffee pods. This results in a 40% reduction in carbon emissions!

Where can I get them?

Sadly, they’re currently only available in a handful of countries in Europe right now - but with hopes to roll them out in the next few years. Stay tuned.

This article aligns with the UN SDGs Responsible Consumption and Production and Climate Action.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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