We were shocked! Very shocked! Coca-Cola announced in Davos a few days back that “their consumers want to keep the single-use plastic bottles”. We really cannot believe that! Coca-Cola’s argument is that the consumers “like them because they reseal and are lightweight.”
It turns out that Coca-Cola, not surprisingly, is one of the world’s largest plastic polluters. It has been argued that many bottles go uncollected and therefore end up in landfill. Landfill, is a bad place for plastic to end up in because it takes decades for the plastic to decompose.
The hope of these large players, including Nespresso, is that their consumers do recycle. And Coca-Cola pledged a while back to ensure that their plastic bottles will all be recycled by 2030. Trouble is that recycling does not work with the daily routine of most consumers.
We believe that entirely novel solutions are needed; packaging solutions which give all the product benefits yet allow consumers to become sustainable. From a materials point of view, this is not easy as materials need to be resistant to water, often transparent and of course biodegradable, if not home compostable.
At Moving Beans, we have put a lot of research into developing novel materials which we believe will disrupt the packaging market. Based on ingredients from nature, we are using compostable material in our coffee capsules.
And the coffee is great too!
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There are two Coffea (coffee) species that make up nearly all the coffee grown for consumer consumption; these are Coffea Robusta and Coffea Arabica. We have discussed the latter in our last blog, so let's focus on the Robusta coffee bean today.
You probably will have seen on coffee packs everywhere the phrase "100% Arabica", and wondered what it means or stands for. This is mainly intended as a sign of quality which is used as a selling point and means exactly what it says: that 100% of the coffee in the package is made from Arabica coffee beans.
Originally published at the end of March 2020 in published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, a new strain of bacteria has been identified which is able to withstand harsh conditions, such as high temperatures or acidic environments, and is able to “eat” plastic. Yes, you read that correctly. This new strain of bacteria is able to feed on toxic plastic and, rather unusually, uses it as food to power the entire process.