Here's an environmentally friendly way to get your caffeine fix

Sample Melbourne's best coffee without leaving an ecological footprint.

  • The massive increase in single-use coffee pods has led to an environmental catastrophe.
  • Plastic pods are notorious for their inability to break down in landfills.
  • Thankfully, a new wave of eco-friendly compostable pods is coming to the market.

Between 2005 and 2018, the coffee pod market grew from less than 1 percent of American users to over 41 percent. The trade-off for a quickly brewed and easy-to-clean espresso is the single-use, non-recyclable plastic each serving comes packaged in. While some companies have tried self-monitoring by offering their own recycling programs, most just languish in landfills.

Pod & Parcel decided to do something about this horrible trend. In 2016, it set out with one goal in mind: To offer the most sustainable, best-tasting coffee pod in Australia. Today, the company sources six of Melbourne's specialty-grade Arabica flavors, using environmentally friendly pods that break down in 90 days after use. The pods' plant-based materials are responsibly sourced and chemical-free, adding an extra layer of guilt-free goodness to your daily java fix. And yes, you can buy them in America, too.

Pod & Parcel has been featured in The Guardian, Time Out, Yahoo!, In Style, and The Sydney Morning Herald, and even had a stint on Shark Tank. It's also accumulated over 4,000 verified five-star reviews. As one fan says, "The pods were easy to order and arrived in a timely fashion. I am working my way through the sample pack to find my favorite. Coffee without guilt."

By the way, these pods work with most Nespresso® OriginalLine machines, although they are not affiliated with Nespresso® in any way.

Right now you can purchase a 60-capsule mix of Pod & Parcel pods for only $39.99, a 14% discount off the manufacturer's price. Your taste buds, as well as the planet, will thank you.

Price subject to change.

Pod & Parcel Compostable Coffee Pods: Sample Pack - $39.99

Feel Good About Your Coffee

When you buy something through a link in this article or from our shop, Big Think earns a small commission. Thank you for supporting our team's work.

More From Big Think
Related Articles

The cost of world peace? It's much less than the price of war

The world's 10 most affected countries are spending up to 59% of their GDP on the effects of violence.

Mario Tama/Getty Images
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Conflict and violence cost the world more than $14 trillion a year.
  • That's the equivalent of $5 a day for every person on the planet.
  • Research shows that peace brings prosperity, lower inflation and more jobs.
  • Just a 2% reduction in conflict would free up as much money as the global aid budget.
  • Report urges governments to improve peacefulness, especially amid COVID-19.
Keep reading Show less

The evolution of modern rainforests began with the dinosaur-killing asteroid

The lush biodiversity of South America's rainforests is rooted in one of the most cataclysmic events that ever struck Earth.

meen_na via Adobe Stock
Surprising Science
  • One especially mysterious thing about the asteroid impact, which killed the dinosaurs, is how it transformed Earth's tropical rainforests.
  • A recent study analyzed ancient fossils collected in modern-day Colombia to determine how tropical rainforests changed after the bolide impact.
  • The results highlight how nature is able to recover from cataclysmic events, though it may take millions of years.
Keep reading Show less

New study determines how many mothers have lost a child by country

Global inequality takes many forms, including who has lost the most children

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Politics & Current Affairs
  • A first-of-its-kind study examines the number of mothers who have lost a child around the world.
  • The number is related to infant mortality rates in a country but is not identical to it.
  • The lack of information on the topic leaves a lot of room for future research.
Keep reading Show less