Composting our Packaging
First off, thanks for finding your way here to find out what to do with your empty packet. It's nice to know there are other people out there who care as much as we do. Our Econic® compostable packaging was purpose-designed by Convex in Hamilton (yes! NZ owned and operated) to allow us and other likeminded businesses to reduce our impact on the environment, while still retaining the same level of functionality and food safety provided by traditional plastic films. Our bags are made from three different compostable films (that are laminated together to lock in the freshness, taste and flavour) derived from sustainably-produced wood pulp and GM-free corn sources. Each film has been certified to the European and American compostability standards (EN 13432 and ASTM6400).
It's important to note that our bags break down fastest when disposed of in a composting environment containing heat, water, oxygen soil and micro-organisms - the best place to currently find this ideal environment in NZ is with a commercial composter like We Compost, but our bags will still break down in a home compost system - it just takes a bit longer.
Handy Tips - After emptying your bag of beans or grinds into an airtight container, remove the one-way valve on the back of the pack and place it into your regular landfill waste bin.
Then, cut or rip open the bag to flatten it out completely. The more surface area the better, this helps the bags break down faster - so chop it up as small as you can.
Once the bag is in tiny pieces mix it into your composting system of choice - at the Kōkako Roastery the majority of our compost is collect by We Compost but we also use two Hungry Bins for staff lunch food waste and some of our team bring in their green waste from home!
If you live nearby, we're based here in Mt Eden, we welcome you to pop by with your empty coffee & drinking chocolate bags and put them into our compost bin in our carpark. Steve and the We Compost team collect our bin regularly. You could also ask your local cafe if they have a compost collection that they wouldn't mind adding your empty bags to.
If you'd like to know more about our packaging and how they are made please don't hesitate to get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org