13 Absolutely Exciting And Eco-Friendly Coffee Packaging Ideas

It’s pretty safe to say that caring for the environment is a top priority for many people these days. And members of the great-coffee-at-home tribe are no different.

That means that packaging for coffee is being rethought, revised, and reinvented so that it is sustainable, and all-around kinder to Mother Nature.

The world is better for it.

There has been a strong trend toward eco friendly coffee packaging for a while now – and there is lots of innovation happening in this area.

Read on to learn more about some of these absolutely brilliant ideas.

#1. Get Boxed In

While instant coffee isn’t usually worth any attention at all (ahem... or ever), there is always an exception to the rule.

The Coffree cup is just that - an exceptional exception. It’s a disposable cup that you fold into shape, and that comes with the coffee mix sealed inside.

You fold out the cup, rip off the seal, pour in hot water and like magic – you have coffee.

#2. Get Planted

These coffee cups are made in New Zealand, and are created from plants – which means they are fully biodegradable and compostable.

This is a big step away from most to-go cups, which are made with oil and other nasty chemicals. Man, those Kiwis are innovative!

These Ecoware cups mean there is no guilt about when you forget your own to-go cup at home. You can still have a coffee and not worry about hurting Mother Nature.

#3. Choose A Package Deal

The Parlor Coffee Company in Brooklyn, NY, is a small batch roaster dedicated to great coffee and the environment.

Parlor Coffee is no ordinary coffee company: they source their beans from global and sustainable growers, and often do limited edition coffee roasts – which they then put into this eco-friendly, sophisticated box container.

It’s the perfect combination of delicious coffee and exceptional packaging design. Learn more about this 100% recyclable packaging here.

#4. Caveman UP!

Caveman coffee is an interesting company – and one that is committed to sustainability.

It goes without saying that single-serve coffee makers – like Keurig and other brands – are popular. People like them for their convenience.

Unfortunately, there can be a sustainability issue in using them.

At Caveman, one of the things they have done is to take on the environmental challenge of coffee capsules, or K-Cups.

Instead of sitting back and accepting the status quo (K-Cups release chemical toxins when hot water runs through them, and eventually get tossed in landfills), the people at Caveman Coffee decided they were going to act like… well, cavepeople… and make a move away from modern-day chemicals.

Their capsules work with most coffee makers that use this kind of thing – and they are compostable.

Meaning no bad stuff for the earth, and good coffee for you.

If you’re interested in trying these out but need a new single-serve coffee maker, check out our list of some of the best on the market.

#5. Hug A Canuck

The popularity of Keurig and Nespresso coffee makers means that there had to be a rethink of what that means for the environment.

Leave it to a Canadian to figure out how to do it first – in 2015, with the creation of the PurPod100 – the world’s first 100% compostable single serve coffee pod.

There are others out there now, but this was the first one to hit the market.

All of its parts are compostable and it breaks down in five weeks, around the same time that it takes some veggies or fruits to decompose.

#6. Earn A Halo

You’ve got to love a company that has the tagline: The World’s Best Coffee In A Way That’s Good For The World.  

Along with a few others listed here, Halo took on the challenge of creating a Nespresso-compatible, compostable capsule that you can easily dispose of when done.

Well, they did it, and it’s awesome. And if you want to, you can even take the used capsule and grow tomatoes in it.

#7. Take Up ‘Schrooming

We’ve all heard about mushroom coffee, right? No?

Well now there’s a similarly interesting and inventive way to use up old coffee grounds – you can grow oyster mushrooms in them!

Amsterdam-based Coffee Company will send you a package of their used coffee grounds mixed with oyster mushroom spores.

All you need to do to start the process is store them in a dark, warm place. And then – bam! You have ‘shrooms at your fingertips (well, not those shrooms).

Who knew coffee grounds were good to grow mushrooms in?

#8. Go Your Own Way

Having your own reusable cup for your ‘to-go’ Joe can save up to 300 disposable cups from going into landfills each year. That’s worth celebrating – with a cup of coffee!

Clearly, going your own way is the right way.

This glass cup – which comes in a range of colors for the silicone sleeve – holds 12 ounces of coffee. More than enough to start the day off right.

#9. Think INSIDE the box!

We all know (and love!) wine in a box. So why not cold brew in a box?

Wandering Bear cold brew in a box has solid eco credentials.

The packaging does a great job of preserving flavor and quality over the shelf-life by keeping all air and light out. So it's just as good on the last day as it is on the first!

And having cold brew on hand has never been this easy. Or tasty.

#10. Plant It Again, Sam

The good folk over at a company called Reduce. Reuse. Grow invented this coffee cup that lets you grow flowers in your own backyard – which makes them a blooming genius! (Get it?)

When you are done with your coffee, you simply bury this environmentally friendly cup in the ground – and sit back and wait for the flowers to arrive.

There are seeds embedded in its fibres that vary from location to location, so you can be sure you are planting flowers native to your area.

#11. Pursue the Pod

Along with saving you a whack of money in the long run, using a reusable coffee pod is just better for the environment.

You can surprisingly save hundreds of bucks over time – and show a little love for Mama Nature while doing it.

Now, that’s a pod worth pursuing.

#12. Just Eat It

Edible coffee cups are a dream come true to both coffee lovers with a sweet tooth, and coffee lovers with an eco-streak.

With these cups, there is nothing to add to a landfill – only your thighs, but hey, we’re all for enjoying ourselves here (and we don’t judge)!

While you would likely have to make this yourself, rumours has it that an edible coffee cup is in development to be sold to consumers.

We can’t wait to order it from a coffee shop menu one day!

#13. Stir It Up!

This eco-friendly coffee cup is a one-stop shop for getting your caffeine fix quickly. Made from entirely recyclable paper, it leaves very little footprint behind.

And you don’t have to worry about a stirrer – the top rips off, and voila! There it is!

The Final Sip

What did you think of our round up of eco friendly coffee packaging? There really are a lot of easy, sustainable options when it comes to coffee products.

Being good to the earth is something we all should make a priority – don’t you agree? After all, it’s the only one we have.

Tell us in the comments below what you do when it comes to coffee – how do you protect our environment?  

And, if you know someone who would find this of interest – please share!


Alex is the Founder and Editor of Homegrounds.co. He is passionate about brewing amazing coffee at home, and teaching others to do the same.

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