Canadian Biomass Magazine

UBC researcher develops coffee pod that biodegrades in 35 days into biomass

February 24, 2021
By Canadian Biomass Magazine

A University of British Columbia professor has developed a biodegradable coffee pod that disintegrates in about 35 days.

Dr. Zac Hudson’s breakthrough could save landfill sites from more than 40 billion annually discarded coffee pods that may take thousands of years to break down. His pods’ outer fibre jacket and bioplastic inner capsule are designed to break down into organic biomass, carbon dioxide and water without leaving any trace of plastic.

Hudson said there were a number of challenges involved in developing the right bioplastic material.

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