If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know
about my morning coffees on my way to work in my reusable coffee cup and my
love for coffee overall. But today, I am so excited to talk about one of my
latest brand discoveries that I think you should definitely know about!
Who is Halo
Halo is the world’s first truly home compostable capsule,
compatible with home Nespresso machines. They are on a mission to craft the
world’s best coffees, in a way that’s best for the world. The capsules are
carefully packed with some of the world’s rarest, most desirable, perfectly
roasted coffees: anywhere from Brazil, Colombia, Nepal, and Kenya. So everyone
can enjoy the world’s best coffees, the way they love to drink it, in a way
that’s best for the world!
The problem about standard coffee capsules
Demand for coffee capsules is currently being fulfilled
cheaply and en masse, at the expense of our planet. Despite some companies
producing recyclable capsules, most never end up in the recycling stream.
According to French newspaper Le Monde – only 10% of France’s 200 recycling
facilities are able to recycle Nespresso capsules!
The majority of the world’s coffee capsules are made of
plastic, aluminium, or a combination of both. Of the 13,500 capsule coffees
consumes every minute, only 21% of them are recycled. This is because some
coffee capsules cannot be recycled at all, while those that can are recycled
via a long and tedious process. The un-recycled capsules can remain on our
planet for up to 5 centuries!
As the world if becoming more aware to the environmental
damage caused by plastic and aluminium use, the coffee capsule industry has
responded by producing capsules that are more easily recyclable. But putting a
reassuring word like ‘recyclable’ on the front of a box really is not enough
and is quite misleading.
What is different about Halo
Halo was created and designed in direct response to the
environmental damage caused by plastic and aluminium capsules.
Did you know that 30 billion plastic and aluminium coffee
capsules end up in landfill and ocean every year? And they will remain there
for up to 500 years, causing a huge environmental damage to our ecosystems. So
Halo set themselves to challenge to leave a bigger impression on the world than
our waste by offering the world’s best coffees, in a format that the world
loves and in a way that doesn’t damage the planet! What is not to be loved
The Halo coffee capsules are made of sugar cane and paper
bagasse, meaning they can be disposed of in any food waste or compost bin. Once
broken down, Halo capsules allow the nutrient rich coffee grounds within to
become fertile soil for plants to grow. This process can take as little as four
weeks! Vegan Food Blog
What is interesting is that both the capsules and all of the
packaging are home compostable, and the oxygen barrier wrap (which looks a lot
like plastic but it’s not) is compostable too. Win-win all over! So feel free
to pop them in your food waste or compost bin, they don’t need to be taken
apart at home before being processed or be broken down by specially designed
machinery at waste management plants.
Furthermore, their coffees are sourced and roasted to ensure
they have a low-acidity profile. This helps them to work well with non-dairy
milks as it is the acidity level of coffee that causes the milk to curdle. So
perfect for your morning in your oat, soya or almond lattes!