Is our packaging recyclable/compostable?

We pack our Discovery pack and 250g orders in 2 x 125 gram plastic-free home compostable refill bags. This means that your coffee stays fresh for longer than in one 250 gram bag as it stays sealed in its Co2 rich environment until you're ready for it. Our refill bags are certified home compostable, meaning that they are 100% biodegradable. You can put them in your local authority food waste collection or in your home compost (but please remove the label before doing so).  If you don't have access to these then at least you know that these packs will break down in landfill, leaving no trace, if they go to be incinerated at an energy from waste plant, they will burn cleanly and release no toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. Every local authority disposes of waste slightly differently and offers different services. Please check with your local authority as they may not compost food waste and so may prefer you dispose of compostable packaging through your general waste stream. 


We'd love to know how you dispose of these packs after use, so send us an email at support@thecoffeefactory.co.uk  or tag us in your social media and let us know what you think.

Our refill packs are made from a combination of wood pulp, eucalyptus fibre, cassava and corn starch, so will break down through natural processes into nothing more than water, CO2 and biomass. They will last for 6 months on the shelf as long as they are kept in a cool dry place. 

You may notice that our refill pouches do not have a one-way valve. These are traditionally added to coffee bags due to the fact that coffee will naturally release CO2 as it rests. Those little plastic valves let this aroma rich CO2 out (and sometimes other things in), preventing the bags from puffing up, allowing them to be displayed on supermarket shelves for longer. We know that you care more about the quality of the coffee and compostable packaging than how it looks in your cupboard so we have made the decision to remove these valves from our home compostable pouches. You may notice that they puff up in your cupboard, but we feel that's a small price to pay for plastic free packaging and super fresh coffee.

The cardboard envelopes, cardboard boxes, brown wrapping paper and paper parcel bags which we send our coffee out in are all recyclable via your usual cardboard/paper recycling service.

Discovery 125g bags/ 250gram (2x125g) - Home compostable plastic free
500g bag - Can be recycled (check with your local service provider)
Large 1kg bag - Can be recycled (check with your local service provider)
Retail 200g bags - Commercially compostable