Compostable Pods vs. Recyclable Pods: What's the difference? - G-PAK

Compostable Pods vs. Recyclable Pods: What's the difference?

February 17, 2016


If you find yourself asking, is there a difference? The answer is YES. Is this important? Again, YES.

Today we are going to look at the 3 main differences between Compostable Pods and Recyclable Pods: 

  1. Material
  2. Convenience
  3. End of Life

Think of this as an introduction to a little known but very important environmental topic; sustainable packaging.  


G Pak is made from 100% compostable bamboo

Compostable G-Pod

Our pod is made out of highly sustainable materials, like bamboo. If you don’t know much about bamboo, the one thing you should know is that it has some amazing green properties. The most important being that it is a readily renewable resource. What does that mean? Well, it means that bamboo:

  • grows year over year and quickly
  • bamboo produces more oxygen and absorbs more carbon dioxide than trees
  • helps control soil erosion  

We want to be sure that our coffee pod can make a difference throughout its entire life cycle, not just the end. 

Recyclable Pods

These pods tend to be made out of plastic. It's recyclable, but the fact is that it's still plastic. Plastic is usually made from coal, natural gas and crude oil. Which makes it incredibly bad for the planet. Although recyclable, many plastic pods (60 Billion to date) get tossed aside and end up in our landfills where they sit for years on end. 



Compostable G-Pod
It couldn’t be easier to compost your G-Pod. You literally take the entire pod from your machine and chuck it into your green bin. Simple.

Recyclable Pods
These pods can be a pain to recycle.

Generally, the entire pod isn’t recyclable. Before you place it in your recycling bin you normally need to cut the filter out (toss it in the garbage) and separate the recyclable and non-recyclable components. 

Which, in this writers opinion, kind of defeats the purpose of convenience. 


End of Life 

Compostable G-Pod
The G-Pod has a one step process of going into your compost or city green bin. It then breaks down with all the other organic material providing nutrients for your soil. 

The G-Pod is a perfect example of "cradle to cradle" compostability. Once the G-Pod has broken down (after 12 weeks), you could use the soil to grow bamboo and effectively start the cycle all over again.

Recyclable Pods
Recyclable pods need to go to a plant to be broken down in a multi-step process. Only some plastics are deemed suitable to be down-cycled into another product. Many will end up in the landfill or incinerated. Although better than the landfill, it still isn’t great for the environment.


As you can see, there are big differences between compostable and recyclable pods. The G-pod offers a greener, easier, great tasting alternative to both disposable and recyclable pods.




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