GoJava has created a simple solution that allows consumers of coffee pods at home and at the office to recycle their pods for free, while ensuring coffee grounds are composted and the plastic pods recycled.
Single-serve coffee pods such as Keurig and Tassimo have become very popular but have resulted in a colossal amount of waste clogging up landfills.
The Toronto-based business works by selling coffee pods to consumers via their website – there is a good range including Tassimo, Keurig, Marley Coffee, Brooklyn Bean Roastery and Nespresso-compatible pods. When GoJava deliver the order they also give consumers a GoJava recycling bin, which is used to collect used coffee pods.
The next time a customer places an order, GoJava arrives with the order and collects the used pods. GoJava aggregate those pods at their warehouse and then pay a specialty recycling processor to shred the pods and separate the coffee from the plastics. The coffee is composted and the plastic is made into plastic lumber for use in things like decking, park benches, and playgrounds.
GoJava captures a margin from the sale of the coffee pods that allows them to pay for the recycling service.
GoJava.ca currently operates in Toronto and the surrounding areas. The company has plans to expand their service to other major cities across Canada and the United States.
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, music and arts. Rosalind also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com