Introducing G-KUP, a 100 per cent compostable coffee pod

A Vancouver-based company is making headlines for all the right reasons with a line of single-serve coffee pods designed to combat the massive popularity of the environmentally unfriendly K-Cups.

The original concept of single-serve coffee pods used in Keurig coffee machines, K-Cups are made of harmful plastic and, according to a report from Mother Jones, the number of K-Cups produced in 2013 alone was enough to wrap around the planet more than 10 times.

Knowing that K-Cups were generating such a negative impact on the environment, entrepreneur Darren Footz began the creation and design of the G-KUP.

“Simply put, I want to change the way the world consumes single serve coffee. The current waste created by K-Cups is unacceptable,” Footz wrote on the G-KUP website.

Business In Vancouver reports that G-KUP received a patent in February for what it claims is the world’s first 100% biodegradable and compostable single-serving coffee pod.

The pods are made from renewable materials and are completely compatible with all Keurig devices. G-KUPS are held together with a bamboo and sugar cane sleeve, with a biodegradable polymer lining that can withstand boiling water.

The company took to Instagram recently to demonstrate just how fast and easily the pods can break down into compost.

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(Photo from Instagram/@g_kupcoffee)

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(Photo from Instagram/@g_kupcoffee)

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(Photo from Instagram/@g_kupcoffee)

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CTV News Vancouver reports scientists at UBC’s Composites Research Network are helping develop the G-KUP with federal grant money. The scientists are working diligently alongside the G-KUP staff to make sure the compostable pod doesn’t leach chemicals or sacrifice taste and quality of the coffee.

Footz also told Business in Vancouver the G-KUP pods should be ready to hit store shelves by the fall.

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