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Can I Still Use Compostable Pods if I Don't Compost?

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Yes, of course you can still enjoy Tayst coffee pods if you don’t compost! Even if you don’t have a full-blown compost out in your backyard, using a compostable coffee pod every morning can make a huge difference.  

Save the Landfill

Products made with compostable packaging are made of organic materials that can be broken down into a nutrient rich soil. But not everyone has the capability or know-how to create a home compost. Even though more and more cities are offering municipal compost, there’s still a long way to go to make this the norm.

Don’t worry! Our pods are still better than plastic even if you don’t have compost options. Getting away from plastic is a huge win for the environment. Plastic pods take 400-1000 years to decompose and can leach toxic chemicals over time.

You may have heard that compostable products in a landfill emit methane. This is true, however, if you are not currently composting, all your organics are going to the landfill already. Even if our products end up in a landfill, it’s still better than adding plastic pods to the mix.

PLA plant-based plastics in a landfill is a low producing source of methane. Landfills are also designed with limited oxygen and when full, methane will be captured and reused. If you want to learn more about this, check out this study on PLA plastic in a landfill.


plastic coffee pods can take 400-1000 years to decompose in a landfill


Biodegradable and Compostable is Always Better Than Plastic

Consumers have a lot of power to drive demand away from plastic. Many businesses are starting to catch up and take responsibility for their environmental impact, but nothing makes as big a difference as consumer demand. If we as consumers decide not to purchase products made from non-renewable and unsustainable materials, the demand for these products will go down.

The Tayst lifecycle is thoroughly thought out from where we source our coffee, to the materials used to make our packaging, and to how those products will eventually break down. We want our entire supply chain to reflect our values, and that means earth-friendly solutions at every step with absolutely no bad plastic!

We’re on a mission to put plastic pods out of business for good. Every year, around 12 billion K-cups end up in the landfill...that’s enough to circle the earth a dozen times! If even 1% of coffee drinkers switched from plastic k-cups to our compostable pods*, that saves 100 million pieces of plastic from going to the landfill.

Ready to Compost?

It’s easier than you think to start a backyard compost. Better Homes & Gardens has a great tutorial to guide you through.


Beginner Composting Tips

You can throw your whole Tayst pod in your home compost, however, the ring may take much longer to break down as these are meant to break down in an industrial facility. For home composting, we recommend separating the coffee mesh from the ring before adding to your compost or sifting out the rings once the coffee grounds and mesh have decomposed.

If you can’t have a home compost, there are still other options for you to help! There are a ton of composting companies that make it almost effortless to contribute your food waste.

Want To Encourage Composting In Your Community?

Industrial composting allows for more materials to be composted that cannot be easily done at home. Many cities have begun offering municipal compost by opening industrial composting facilities. This makes a huge impact on making composting a convenient and sustainable option for not just you, but all your neighbors! Demanding industrial compost facilities to be readily available is very important in encouraging more people to compost.Find out more about compost pick-ups.