ALPLA: new gene­ra­tion of home-compostable coffee capsules

Blue Circle pack­a­ging boasts odour neu­tra­lity and tastelessness

Hard, 16 May 2023 – Full-bodied coffee fla­vour, long-lasting enjoy­ment and straight­for­ward dis­posal via home com­post or in the organic waste bin – pack­a­ging spe­cia­list ALPLA is rol­ling out a new gene­ra­tion of biode­gra­dable coffee cap­sules for the Blue Circle brand as a solu­tion made of an organic mate­rial. This stands out in par­ti­cular in terms of odour and taste neu­tra­lity. The cer­ti­fied system in the fami­liar design offers top coffee enjoy­ment thanks to improved bar­rier properties. 

Recy­clable, safe and par­ti­cu­larly tas­te­less and odour-neutral – ALPLA pres­ents a new gene­ra­tion of biode­gra­dable coffee cap­sules for the Blue Circle brand. The global pack­a­ging com­pany has taken an organic mate­rial and deve­loped a home-compostable solu­tion with a bar­rier. The cer­ti­fied system con­sis­ting of a cap­sule and a sealing foil mini­mises the effects on the cap­sule con­tents and the unwanted migra­tion of coffee aroma to the environment.

With the inno­va­tive Blue Circle cap­sules, ALPLA is offe­ring coffee sup­pliers, who­le­sa­lers, fil­ling com­pa­nies and roas­ting plants a resource-conserving alter­na­tive. ‘Around the world, con­sumer beha­viour is beco­ming more and more sus­tainable. We see our­selves as pio­neers and are deve­lo­ping the pack­a­ging solu­tions of the future. With the biode­gra­dable coffee cap­sule, we are not only hel­ping our cus­to­mers achieve their sus­taina­bi­lity tar­gets, but are also acting in line with the new EU Pack­a­ging Regu­la­tion, which will require com­post­able solu­tions for indi­vi­dual coffee por­tion pack­a­ging in the future,’ empha­sises Nicolas Lehner, CCO at ALPLA.

Enjoy­ment and safety
The cap­sules are injection-moulded using the company’s own faci­li­ties and are pro­duced in the fami­liar Blue Circle design for the best results in terms of com­pa­ti­bi­lity and hand­ling. Here, ALPLA is pro­ces­sing a newly deve­loped organic mate­rial which is not at odds with food and feed­s­tuff pro­duc­tion. ‘The com­bi­na­tion of the mate­rial, design and pro­duc­tion pro­cess is key to the cap­sules’ sta­bi­lity, leak tight­ness and bar­rier. Our tech­no­lo­gical exper­tise and expe­ri­ence result in the optimum solu­tion for unadul­terated enjoy­ment,’ adds Lehner.

The entire pack­a­ging inclu­ding sealing foil and con­tents has been awarded the ‘OK com­post HOME’ and ‘OK com­post INDUSTRIAL’ cer­ti­fi­ca­tion marks by TÜV Aus­tria. The Blue Circle coffee cap­sules can the­r­e­fore simply be dis­posed of via home com­post or in the organic waste bin.*

* To dis­pose of them in the organic waste bin (indus­trial com­pos­ting), please contact your local waste manage­ment com­pany and enquire about waste dis­posal in accordance with the EN 13432 standard.


About the ALPLA Group
ALPLA is one of the world’s leading companies in the manufacture and reuse of plastic packaging. Around 23,300 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, caps and moulded parts at 190 sites across 46 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household cleaning products, detergents and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants.

ALPLA operates recycling plants for PET and HDPE in Austria, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Romania and Thailand. Other projects are being realised elsewhere around the world.


About Blue Circle
ALPLA operates all of its biodegradable packaging solutions under the brand name Blue Circle. Blue Circle products are made of alternative materials based on renewable raw or organic materials. They complement the plastic packaging and recycling company’s portfolio and make an important contribution to sustainability.


Infor­ma­tion for editorial
ALPLA, Erik Nielsen (Team Leader, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions), tel.: +43 (0)5574 6021 701, email:
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Joshua Köb, tel.: +43 (0)5574 44715 22, email: