Biome Bioplastics, a leading developer of natural polymers, has been shortlisted for the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2014 in the Innovation of the Year category. The shortlisting recognises Biome Bioplastics’ work to develop a biodegradable coffee pod, offering one of the first sustainable packaging alternatives in the single-serve market.
An estimated 9.1 billion single-serve coffee and other drinks cartridges wind up in US landfills every year, amounting to some 19 million cubic feet of waste. In response to this challenge, Biome Bioplastics has developed a portfolio of compostable materials for coffee pods based on renewable, natural resources including plant starches and tree by-products. These bioplastics will degrade to prescribed international standards in composting environments.
Paul Mines, CEO of Biome Bioplastics commented:
“Bioplastics are a vital component in the move towards a renewable resource future. Our coffee pod suite of products represent a significant step forward in plant-based polymer applications, tackling a major environmental challenge for a rapidly growing industry. We are proud to have them recognised in the shortlisting of these prestigious awards.”
The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards are the UK’s most prestigious and coveted green business awards. Now in their fourth year, the awards celebrate the leading businesses, executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and campaigners from across the green economy, highlighting how these pioneers are driving the emergence of innovative and sustainable new business models and technologies.