Compost your Kua packaging

Posted by Digby AytonDecember 16, 2020

If you order our coffee online, you make a promise to compost the bag it comes in. Keeping this promise means you save carbon emissions and space in landfill.

Of course, the other option is toss your Kua bag in the bin. But this is not just a broken promise, it's a slow and festering death* in landfill for our coffee bag.

* We really mean 'festering death' –– without air or microbes to speed the decomposition process, food-waste, paper, and compostable packaging will not break down. Instead they produce methane; a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide.

It is ridiculous to bury your waste in a hole.

WHEN YOU COMPOST YOUR KUA COFFEE BAG. YOU HAVE THREE OPTIONS:

1. Compost at home
. We’ve run some tests, and it works. All you need a healthy compost bin with plenty of worms, air, and heat (if you need help getting one going check out Compost Revolution). And composting is 3x faster if you cut the bags up into small pieces. More details below.

2. Place your Kua bag in your ‘green’ bin. More and more councils are starting to offer organics bins. Randwick City Council will launch FOGO (food and organics) early next year, and plenty more have schemes already running.

Councils will differ on what they accept, so always double check. But in general, if you have a food organics bin, 100% compostable packing like ours is accepted.

3. Return your bags to us and we’ll compost them for you. Some people don’t have a compost or a green bin, that’s ok, just return your bag to us. Fold and pop them in an envelope (find our address here).

A KUA BAG TAKES 5 WEEKS TO BREAK DOWN IN A HEALTHY COMPOST.

5 weeks. Ok great. But let’s think about that, if you’re a regular customer you’ll be going through at least 500g a month. That means that your first bag will not have broken down by the time the next one is chucked in the compost.

Speed this up by shredding your bag, cutting it with scissors, or tearing it up with your bare hands like a mad person. And keep your compost healthy.

Worms have micro-mouths, shredding anything will help it compost faster.

The number one priority is that these Kua bags don’t end up in landfill. We both have a responsibility here. From our end we've done everything we can to make the reduce the footprint of our packaging:

BAGS:

- Recycled paper, compostable film and non-toxic ink.

- Manufactured in New Zealand, powered with 80% renewable sources.

- No plastic air vents (most coffee packaging has these, but they are always plastic and always end up in landfill).

OTHER:

- Australian made packing box made from 80% recycled cardboard.

- Australian made recycled packing slip.

- Recycled packing tape and not much of it.

One day, we'll open up a re-usable packaging system (like we have for our workplaces). But for the moment, the rest is over to you. Happy composting!

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