Love ’em or hate ’em, coffee pod espresso machines are here to stay. The UK’s addiction to silky smooth lattes has seen sales of coffee pod based espresso machines continues to rise. The most popular coffee pod system (or ‘capsules’ as Nestlé call them) – Nespresso® – has seen UK sales up 9.2% to £242.3m in 2020 after an 11.6% increase in 2019. But coffee pods/capsules have their downside: plastic waste. Millions of plastic coffee pods end up in landfills each year and eventually dumped in landfills, or worse out to sea. But thankfully, there are now plenty of eco-friendly Nespresso pod options that are compatible with your Nespresso® to make your caffeine kick eco-friendly.
So make the change and try out more sustainable alternatives that are fully compatible with your Nespresso machine. Here’s our 5 picks for sustainable eco-friendly Nespresso capsules from UK based producers who care as much about the capsule as they do the delicious coffee inside.
Origin Coffee House recyclable Nespresso capsules
Priced at £5.50 for 10 capsules, their sustainably sourced coffee comes in recyclable aluminium pods. The company also offers plastic-free Compostable House Espresso capsules as an option too.
Lost Sheep offers a wide selection of flavours of hand-roasted coffee. They also focus on the ‘Full Life Cycle’ of their coffee pods – meaning they’ve made the whole process green! Their products are made in a carbon neutral factory that runs of hydro/solar and wind power. Pods start from £3.95 for 10.
SealPod Nespresso reusable coffee pod starter pack
A coffee pod that could conceivably last you a lifetime. All you’d need to do is give it a rinse after each use, then pop the coffee in yourself. The starter pack contains 1 refillable pod, 1 spoon dispenser, 1 pod holder and 100 foil lids, and is priced at £18.99.
100% compostable coffee capsules priced from £3.75 for 10. The company is certified CO2 neutral when it comes to their roasting processes and ensure all their packaging is recyclable too. Not only this – they also plant trees to make themselves carbon negative!
Halo coffee offers a wide selection of eco-friendly coffee pods that are fully compostable at home in 4 weeks. They deliver your order in fully compostable and recyclable packaging too. Their high-quality coffee beans bring a rich flavour and slightly higher price tag, with 10 capsules costing you £7.