Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
Republic of Tea Launches 95% Biodegradable Single-Serve Pod

Socially conscious tea purveyor the Republic of Tea has announced a new line of environmentally friendly, single-serve One Cuppa tea pods, that are 95% biodegradable and compatible with most single-serve coffee- and tea- brewing machines. The company says the pods will be available beginning October 1.

“We listened to our Citizens who have requested that our premium teas be available for single-serve use. We are so happy to now provide our Citizens with this new, innovative way of enjoying a cup of premium tea. We are also being mindful of the environment with our earth-friendly, 95% biodegradable One Cuppa,” said Republic of Tea CEO Ron Rubin.

One Cuppas are available in five, gluten-free certified flavors**:** ginger peach black tea, British breakfast black tea, decaf ginger peach black tea, pomegranate green tea and natural hibiscus herb tea. The pods will be available in packages of 12, in boxes made with 100% recycled paperboard.

In July, Canadian coffee company Canterbury Coffee Corp released a more environmentally friendly alternative to the ever-popular, single-serve K-Cup pods, made a household name in recent years by the ubiquitous Keurig home coffeemakers. Canterbury’s OneCoffee pod is compostable and biodegradable, made with 40 percent less plastic and the support structure for its hard plastic ring will compost in an anaerobic environment. Canterbury launched the new cups with its new organic, fair trade, single-serve coffee, branded OneCoffee.

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