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In the press: "How Tripod Coffee offers premium coffee pods without the waste"

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....The entrenched market for coffee pods is creating a serious waste issue, says Cowan, which was the inspiration behind the creation of a “green” alternative to Nespresso’s energy-hungry aluminium pods...

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#GreenWednesday - About the new movement

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Instead of using this time of year to take advantage of massive discounts on things you probably don't need, supporting companies whose goods pile into landfill, we think it's worth using your most powerful resource, you dollar, to lend a helping hand. This year, we're claiming the 27th Nov at #GreenWednesday. #GreenWednesday is the day to support companies making a positive impact.

So on Wednesday, 27th November we'll be donating all profits from Rainforest* products to help restore the Daintree Rainforest via Rainforest Rescue. 

Our Green Wednesday Goal: Plant 100 Trees. 

Beyond Green Wednesday, Tripod will be donating 1% of Profits to Rainforest Rescue.

Rainforest Rescue

Why Rainforest Rescue?

Our whole mission is focussed on restoration and supporting local communities. Rainforest Rescue is very in-line with those principles. Our compostable coffee pods are designed to be 'circular' by nature -- contributing to an organic fertiliser used by Australian farmers. So it's important that our profits also have a positive impact on restoration — helping plant trees in the Daintree.

Why the Daintree?

The Daintree is Australia’s LARGEST rainforest, arguably the most biodiverse environment on the planet. Compared to the Amazon at 55 million years, the Daintree has been living and breathing for 180 MILLION YEARS and is now under threat of being severely degraded.

How to get involved?

1. Show up on our site on Wednesday 27-Nov-2019.

2. Choose products this holiday season with sustainable 'green' values.

In summary: If you're looking for a killer discount, you won't find it here. But you will find that your coffee order goes directly towards a worthy, Australian, cause.


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Does 'Compostable' mean 'Compostable'?

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Yes. And No... Let us explain.

Nearly all products claiming they are 'compostable' or 'biodegradable' require specific Commercial Composting conditions to decompose. Meaning most 'compostable' products will not end as compost when disposed of in your home composts, landfill, paper, or recycling bins.

As coffee pods are a growing issue in the world of waste, we're tackling the disposal problem head-on.

Most pod companies combat this by either claiming to have "recycling" programs (which are rarely used) or claim 'compostable' with caveats like "you have to peel off the lids first. then find a commercial composting facility."

We embed circular economy thinking in our business: mindful of how our pods and coffee are produced, how they're experienced, how they're disposed, and how they're re-inserted into new supply chains. 

What makes our claims different?
  1. Our product is 100% Australian standard certified compostable (AS 4736), a highly accepted standard for biopolymers. This standard is the most widely accepted by commercial composting facilities. In places like Adelaide and Hobart, household Green Bins accept only certified biopolymers, but in many other major council areas organics food waste and biopolymers are not accepted.  If other, unaccepted, items enter composting facilities, they put the facility at risk of batch contamination.
  2. If you live in an area where your council does not offer food and biopolymer organics recycling, we offer a 'Pod-to-Plant' returns program that guarantees your used pods end as fertiliser.
  3. The fertiliser from our pods is distributed to NSW Farms and Commercial Nurseries. 

What's the future?

We believe the infrastructure for households, Australia-wide, to be able to conveniently compost their food and biopolymer organic waste is 5-8 years away.  So in the meantime, we're working with various partners and organisations to help councils and governments align with peoples' demands. 

We're also working on a Home Compostable coffee pod as the next generation of Tripod Coffee Pods with a 2-3 year horizon.

So what can you do now?

1. Look for this Australian Compostable Standard Seed Label on any products who claim to be compostable. Tripod Compostable Coffee Pods have this certification.

2. Call your council to understand if your Green Bin accepts AS 4736 BioPolymers (or Bioplastics). 

3. If you're unsure, or you know your council doesn't know, add a Pod-to-Plant Reply Label to your purchase.

4. Make sure you send in your used pods and email us if you have any ideas on making the process easier and smoother :)

Sip Responsibly,

David from Tripod Coffee

Ps. If you still insist on throwing your used pods in the rubbish bin, ours are still better than aluminium or cheap plastic pods.

The below image is a handful of the fertiliser created from our composted coffee capsule. 

Pod to plant program - AS4736 compostable capsules

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Dear Adelaide, thanks for accepting us.

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Eliminating coffee pod waste has never been easier for Adelaide residents.

Our AS 4736 Commercial Compost Certification means we’re the only pods accepted in the Greater Adelaide's Green Bins.

The challenge of 'compostable goods' and organic waste is making sure it ends in a proper facility. 


The Adelaide FOGO Program. 

Through coordination with two primarily organics wastes facilities, Jeffries and Peats, over 20 councils in the Greater Adelaide have been able to coordinate their green bin collection to accommodate for food, garden and other Australian certified bio-plastic waste.

For more information on the City of Adelaide Organics Recycling Program:

Australia’s waste management challenge: 

While the nature of the business seems quite simple; we buy, we throw in a bin, our waste goes away, the reality of ensuring that it is appropriately processed is much more challenging. 

After you put your bin on the curb, there’s much more than meets the eye, and based on what your council or building has arranged, your best course of action may be different. 

A typical waste management process includes: Waste collection services, waste transfer stations, waste drop off operations (landfills), waste recovery operations (recycling centres and organics composting facilities). Each operator at each stage with different processing capabilities.

See the *table below for a taste of just how many companies are involved in what sounds like a simple industry.

Hats off to you Adelaide

Again, congratulations to the Greater Adelaide area for enabling their residents to easily compost of their certified bioplastics (like Tripod Coffee pods) and other sources of organics waste. 

Happy Sipping, 

Tripod Coffee


*AS 4736 Certification:

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