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Green Day’s Mike Dirnt and Billie Joe Armstrong, co-owners of Oakland Coffee Works, are saying good riddance to coffee packaging waste with a new line of compostable coffee pods and bags made in partnership with San Francisco Bay Coffee Company. Starting today, a three-pack of Oakland Coffee’s Gardenista blend in 12-oz coffee bags made from compostable materials is available at four Bay Area Costco stores for under $20. A pair of 3-packs will also be available online at Costco for under $45, and single 12-oz bags of the organic Atomic Garden blend are available on Amazon. In the weeks ahead, Oakland Coffee’s compostable coffee pods will be available in stores and online at Amazon, while San Francisco Bay Coffee’s pods will hit Costco shelves and other retail and online stores early next year.
“We want consumers to have a choice that doesn’t require a compromise. We want to make great coffee that supports farmworkers, and makes sustainable packaging accessible to everyone, without pushing the added costs onto our consumers,” Dirnt said in a release.
One in three American homes have a pod-based coffee machine, which collectively use billions of single-serve plastic pods every year. Keurig, one of the leaders in that field, recently announced its pods will finally be recyclable, but the environmental impact has already been massive and environmentalists say the company, by not failing to make the cups compostable, is still wrecking the planet. According to the New York Times, the 9 billion pods sold in a year by Keurig alone placed end to end would circle the planet about 10 times. Earlier this year the German city of Hamburg banned coffee pods from state-run buildings to reduce waste.
The Green Day frontman and bassist launched Oakland Coffee Works last year and sustainability has been a priority for the pair from the get-go. While, for now, their product is unique, they hope that it prompts a sea change toward environmental friendliness across the industry.
“I’ve been drinking coffee all these years, I looked at the coffee bags and realized they’re all landfill. It was astonishing to me. I hope that the big companies out there step up to the plate too,” Dirnt told the Financial Times last year.