Our refill pouches are Home Compostable!

We pack our Discovery pack, 250g and 500g orders in 125 gram plastic-free home compostable refill bags. This means that your coffee stays fresh for longer than in a single resealable 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. 

Where has the seal gone?

To make our packaging home compostable and plastic-free we have had to remove the handy little seal. We keep the pack size down to 125 grams as we have found that this pack size is small enough to allow you to use the coffee up before it loses its freshness. We realise that this may be a little less convenient however we have found that the coffee stays fresher packed this way than when packed into one large resealable bag - as oxygen is allowed in whenever the bag is opened, causing the coffee to deteriorate. 

We suggest either pouring the coffee out of the pouch and into any airtight container(a clean jam jar will do!), or just close the top of the bag using a clip. Either of these will work just as well (if not better) than a resealable coffee bag.

What about the valve?

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 pack, 250 gram (2 x 125 gram refill pouch) and 500 gram (4 x 125 gram refill pouch)- Home compostable plastic free

Retail 200g bags - Commercially compostable

1kg bag - Currently not compostable