RPC Bebo has developed a coffee capsule material that can be industrially composted while delivering long-term protection of the contents and the ability to withstand the high-pressure operation of coffee machines.

The Bebo B2nature material features a special multilayer sheet, which incorporates an effective oxygen barrier that is claimed to deliver a long ambient shelf-life and maintain the aroma and quality of the coffee in the capsule.

Within 12 weeks of industrial composting only a minor amount of capsule material is left thanks to ‘efficient decomposition’, which is assisted by the coffee itself, as it provides nutrients to the compost and improves the nature of the soil. The material can therefore be certified for industrial composting, based on key European and US norms.

Matthias Michaelis, RPC Bebo’s business unit manager for Thermoformed Barrier Packaging, said: “B2nature means consumers can benefit from the convenience of small portion packs by providing a sustainable means of disposing of them. Equally important, the material also offers the high level of protection that means the freshness, aroma and quality of the coffee are not compromised.”

More information from RPC Bebo Food Packaging Paris, 100 Rue Louis Blanc, 60765 Montataire Cedex, France. Tel: 33 3 4464 4114. Email: enquiries@rpc-group.com. Web:  rpc-bebo.com