How sustainable are your coffee pods?

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Aaaaahhhhhh Coffee…. literally the first thing I think about In the morning! It is my absolute weakness and as long as the Coffee is good, i’ll take it foamed, frothed, black, hot, cold, iced, flavoured….you name it i am on it. What you may not know is that many years ago, about 8, I was actually part of a group of Coffee Ambassadors that would come up with recipes, creations and ideas for the Tassimo brand. So I love it that much!

Eden Project copy and a good book

I gave up tea 21 years ago when I was pregnant with my eldest son, it literally gave me horrific morning sickness and it is something I have never been able to drink since. So You can only imagine how many coffee machines I have got through in all that time! I think 3 Tassimo machines and now I am on my 2nd Nespresso machine, I have also been known to take these babies on holidays and weekends away- I am that into my coffee. So where is this post going I hear you ask?

Eden Project Coffee pods and Nespresso Machine

Well, have you ever considered  how sustainable these coffee pods are? Or the damage to the environment using the “pods” full of coffee that we put into these machines each time we fancy a cup? Whilst we are teaching our children more about the environment and we are recycling in our homes, leaving sugar water out for the bees, using less face wipes and no longer using microbeads in our beauty products (more HERE) Have you ever thought about the simple act of popping a coffee pod into a machine?

Regular Coffee Pods non biodegradable

Regular Coffee Pods non biodegradable

These mini pots of coffee that go into our coffee machine contain lovely, fresh ground coffee and are housed in either aluminium or plastic packaging. This packaging does not break down and can sit on landfill sites for 500 years before they begin to break down! Let me say that again….500 years! Now I personally know how many I get through a week and for years have been bagging mine up and sending them off to Terracycle . Here they are recycled and upcycled into new products and go no where near landfill. But, one of the downsides of this is that you have to save hundreds at a time before they can be boxed up and sent off which takes space, time and effort. Making it just as easy to throw in the bin 🙁

Eden Project Coffee Cappucino

When Eden Project reached out to me organically on Instagram because they saw all my coffee posts, I knew this was something so close to my heart that I had to write about.

“The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future.
Our visitor destination in Cornwall, UK, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events”

For those of you that have been fortunate enough to visit the Eden Project, you will be aware of their non stop work informing, educating and enabling you to take realistic actions that will make a difference to the world. That includes my beloved coffee!

Eden Project Coffee Machine Pod biodegradabl

Eden Project Coffee Machine Pod biodegradable

Eden Project Nespresso Compatable

Eden Project Nespresso Compatible Biodegradable pods

Eden Project Coffee pods can go into Food waste bins

Eden Project Coffee Capsules are home compostable and if you do not have a composter, they can be put into your council food waste collection! The capsules are made from Biodegradable Bioplastic and produced from energy generated from Wind, Sun, Hydropower and Biogas – so none of this contributes to climate change! They are also obviously free from aluminium and oil-based plastic! Bloody Genius!! Nespresso compatible these pods are £3.50 for 10 which is exactly the same price I was paying for my previous coffee pods. With hand selected and Organic coffee beans used, this range of coffee tastes incredible. I have the:

Guataemalan – A delicate coffee with notes of almond, hazelnut and chocolate.
Organically grown Guatemalan single origin blend is a beautifully delicate coffee with medium/low acidity, notes of almond, brown sugar and hazelnut. A bold chocolate mouth feel finishing with sweet caramel.

Lungo – Blended and roasted specifically to be enjoyed as a long pull (longo) double espresso shot.
Hand-selected, organically grown robusta and Arabica beans with a full-bodied intensity and lasting rich flavour. A vibrant, clean and smooth aromatic coffee.

Americano – This organically grown coffee is vibrant and aromatic, delicately roasted to allow the subtle flavours to linger in the mouth.
The finest beans produce an espresso shot – just add hot water for a distinctive and classic Americano.

Costa Rican – A complex coffee with notes of toasted barley, spices and black walnut. Organically grown Costa Rican single origin blend is a complex light roasted coffee with a lemon-like brightness, medium body with notes of spiced green tea and toasted barley. Herbal and black walnut notes in the finish. The perfect balance of acidity and flavour.

Colombian – A bright and crisp coffee with notes of lemon, grapefruit and caramel. Organically grown Colombian single origin blend is a wonderfully vibrant coffee with plenty of crisp acidity, a medium light body, bright floral aromas and a long clean finish. The perfect balance of acidity and flavour.

Eden Project Americano

I can concur that each and every one of these coffees is absolutely delicious and believe you me I am a bit of a coffee snob. I really urge you coffee pod users out there to switch to these compostable pods and do your bit to save our beautiful planet. They are the same price, if not cheaper, than current non sustainable pods and you are doing something incredible for the Earth by making another small change. I will now not be using anything else than these.

Eden Project Iced Latte

Eden Project has an incredible shop where you can buy so many different sustainable food and drink, clothes and toys, teas and hot chocolate, wines and beers, notebooks and so on and I would really love it if you would support them After all, if all of use make this one small change, think how much good we are doing to the world that we live in. Lets make a change.

The Eden Project shop can be found HERE

Eden Project Coffee can be found HERE

More information on The Eden Project can be found HERE

I hope you have enjoyed this post, please let me know if you are able to make this change!

Lots of Love

Sharon x


  1. Lucy Hough
    July 30, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    I am not a coffee drinker although my husband is – he is on his 3rd Nespresso machine – so I get the need for the rethink on the pods. Fantastic brand and now I need to see if I can source them here…. xxx Lucy xxx

    • backtoyoubeauty
      July 31, 2019 / 1:04 pm

      Yes I am a coffee and nespresso addict which is why ive made the switch for the environment xx

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