Lavazza launches first compostable coffee pods

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Leading coffee company Lavazza is set to launch the first widely available compostable coffee pods, following widespread concern about their environmental impact.

The brand intends to replace all of its pod ranges with the new versions by the end of the year. It says they will be available at the same price.

Coffee pod systems have become enormously popular across the West, but they have drawn strong criticism regarding their environmental impact.

Some 20 billion capsules are used every year, and that most of these currently go to landfill.

The Guardian reports that the waste produced would be large enough to circle the earth 14 times.

Commenting on the launch, David Rogers, managing director of Lavazza UK, said: “This major investment confirms our commitment to excellence and sustainable development.”

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