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First coffee cap­sule com­post­able at home

Orga­ni­cally based syn­thetic mate­rial with sun­flower seed shells pro­tects fossil resources

Hard, 15 October 2018 – In coope­ra­tion with Golden Com­pound, the inter­na­tio­nally active packa­ging manu­fac­turer ALPLA is brin­ging a world first onto the market: a bio­de­grad­able coffee cap­sule that con­su­mers can dis­pose of in their home com­post.

Tog­e­ther with mate­rials manu­fac­turer Golden Com­pound, ALPLA has deve­loped a market‐ready coffee cap­sule that envi­ron­ment­ally aware con­su­mers can use with a clear con­sci­ence. The cap­sule is made from the mate­rial Golden Com­pound green. This com­prises an orga­ni­cally based mate­rial and ground natural fibres from sun­flower seed shells. The cap­sule and filter fleece are com­ple­tely bio­de­grad­able in the garden com­post within a maximum of six months, and are free from alu­mi­nium and gene­ti­cally modi­fied orga­nisms. ALPLA pro­vides its custo­mers with the cap­sule and the garden‐compostable lid.

The first user in the world is Amann Kaffee from Vor­arl­berg, Aus­tria. The coffee roaster is pre­sen­ting the new pro­duct as part of the ‘Gustav – fair for con­sumer cul­ture’ trade fair in the Dorn­birn trade fair district from 19 to 21 October. Golden Com­pound will also be rep­re­sented at the industry trade fair Fakuma in Fried­richs­hafen (Hall B4, Booth 4114) from 16 October.

By‐product of sun­flower pro­ces­sing
Golden Com­pound uses sun­flower seed shells as a rein­for­cing mate­rial. They are a by‐product of the food industry and not in com­pe­ti­tion with food pro­duc­tion. In this way, Golden Com­pound green pro­tects fossil resources and reduces the carbon foot­print. Com­pos­ting the cap­sule gene­rates humus, and the coffee grounds con­tain valu­able plant nut­ri­ents such as pot­as­sium, phos­phorus and nitrogen.

Excel­lent cha­rac­te­ris­tics
The mate­rial also has excel­lent cha­rac­te­ris­tics, as con­firmed by nume­rous cer­ti­fi­cates: the oxygen bar­rier is very much com­pa­rable with con­ven­tional plastics such as PPEVOHPP. The mono­layer coffee cap­sule is thus aroma‐proof wit­hout outer packa­ging. Fur­ther­more, Golden Com­pound green is cer­ti­fied in line with the stan­dards ‘OK com­post HOME’ and ‘OK bio­de­grad­able SOIL’ from TÜV.

More infor­ma­tion about the com­pany: www.alpla.com, sustainability.alpla.com and www.golden-compound.com

Fact box:
Coffee capsules that can be composted at home, made from organically based material with sunflower seed shells
Material: Golden Compound green
Oxygen barrier: 0.0021 cm³/capsule*Day*0.21 bar (>365 days)
‘Nespresso-compatible’ with all current devices
Design: several colours available on request; filter fleece printable
Certificates: TÜV Austria Belgium NV No. S0464 OK compost HOME

 

About ALPLA:
ALPLA is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 19,300 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, closures and moulded parts at 176 sites across 45 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants. ALPLA operates its own recycling plants: PET Recycling Team with two sites in Austria and Poland, and in the form of a joint venture in Mexico and a cooperation in Germany. ALPLA celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015.

About Golden Compound:
Golden Compound has been developing and producing innovative materials with up to 70% ground natural fibres from sunflower seed shells since 2014. The sunflower seed shells are a by-product of the food industry. The company from Ladbergen is thus relying on an existing, high-quality, entirely harmless and transparent supply chain. The natural fibre is not in competition with areas of agricultural use. The Golden Compound material spectrum ranges from the long-lasting material ‘Golden Compound pro’ to ‘Golden Compound green’, which can be composted at home. Golden Compound considers itself an initiative in which everyone who wants to be sustainably successful can participate.

Addi­tional infor­ma­tion for edi­tors:
ALPLA, Alex­andra Ditt­rich (PR and Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions),
Tele­phone +43 (0)5574 602 1083, Email alexandra.dittrich@alpla.com
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Werner F. Sommer, Tele­phone +43 (0)5574 4471 525, Email werner.sommer@pzwei.at