In what they describe as the first of its kind in the world, a husband and wife duo are set to launch a range of stainless steel refillable coffee pods for several popular coffee machines, in a bid to remove plastic pods ending up in landfill.
Sydney-based Eco Star Products already makes its reusable pods — called Podstar — for Nespresso, but will for the first time produce the pods to fit Aldi Expressi and Caffitaly Coffee machines.
According to Eco Star Products, 20 billion plastic coffee pods are sent to landfills worldwide each year, taking an estimated 300 years for each one to break down.
Of those, it said that more than 1 billion are consumed here in Australia — equating to enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool every eight days.
“The rise of the cost-effective Aldi Expressi and Caffitaly machines, currently sold in Aldi and Woolworths, respectively, for between $85–$120 contribute to much of the single-use coffee pods, which are 100 per cent plastic and go from the coffee machine straight to landfill,” the business said in a statement.
“The Nespresso-compatible capsules have been a huge hit with Nespresso users, who can now save money while having coffee of their choice, and no longer produce all the single-use capsule waste. Within weeks of the business’s inception, the Pod Star couple were contacted daily by people seeking an eco solution for their Aldi Expressi machines and Caffitaly machines.”
According to husband and wife team Mark Denning and Kirsten Williams (pictured), no reusable pods were available on the open market for Aldi Expressi machines, so they set about re-engineering their product to fit both it and the Caffitaly machine.
“Being on the mission to eliminate single-use pods means finding a solution for all capsule coffee machines on the market,” they said.
The new pods are the result of a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, which the couple said reached 157 per cent of their capital target “within a few days”.
They come in single and double sizes, which are being marketed as “designed to be re-used for a lifetime”.
According to their website, the couple designed Podstar “due to our own love of coffee” combined with a desire “to leave a world for our kids and their kids”.
Mr Denning is said to be the one who designed the Aria music award in 1990.
Last November, another family-owned Australian business — Adelaide-based Detpak, part of the Detmold Group — launched a recyclable disposable coffee cup that was developed without the plastic lining usually used to make the cups waterproof.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.
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