Steeping Towards Sustainability: Celebrating Earth Day with Every Cup

Happy Earth Day! As we celebrate this special day, it's essential to acknowledge our impact on the environment and take action to ensure that we are playing our part in safeguarding what remains. One simple yet effective way to reduce waste and our overall impact on the environment around us is through composting! While composting is probably a familiar term to most of you, we’re going to spend some time breaking down (pun-intended) the major themes of composting to really understand why it’s important and why compostability matters in your day-to-day products. 

First and foremost, “composting” is the process of breaking down organic waste into nutrient-rich soil, which can then be used to grow plants and crops. Because the process of composting enriches the soil it creates, it also reduces the need for harmful chemical-based fertilizers that tend to wreak havoc on our environment and our collective well-being. Just from its base definition, this process not only creates usable soil but also promotes a more sustainable and healthy approach to farming and gardening.

Now, let’s take it one step further. As Steeped enthusiasts, you already know that we are committed to ridding our landfills of harmful plastics and metals left behind by pods and unnecessary brewing machinery. But did you know that composting also helps to clear our landfills in an even larger way? Organic waste, (such as coffee grounds, food scraps, eggshells, sawdust, tree branches, etc.), can also clog up landfills and produce harmful greenhouse gasses such as methane, furthering the long-term damaging effects of climate change. The composting process avoids producing these harmful gasses with the presence of oxygen, essentially banning methane-producing microbes from latching onto the scraps. The benefits of composting are much too exciting to ignore and when you’re able to incorporate compostability in more areas of your life, the impact you have on protecting our environment skyrockets. 

One of our favorite things about our Steeped Packs, other than the mouth-watering coffee grounds inside, is that they’re all made with a plant-based, renewable material that is completely commercially compostable. This means that they can be broken down into nutrient-rich soil in commercial composting facilities, which follow strict guidelines to ensure proper composting and prevent contamination. Since there are no actual home composting standards in the U.S., Steeped has sought out to satisfy the highest standards by becoming certified commercially compostable. Every part of your Steeped Pack – from the inner bag, string, and tab, down to the outer packaging – is fully compliant with commercial compostability standards here in the U.S. 

By using Steeped Packs for your cup o’ joe, you’re making a positive impact on the environment. Not only are you reducing waste, but you're also helping to clear our landfills, reducing your carbon footprint, and helping to create nutrient-rich soil that doesn’t require harmful chemicals for a boost. That’s a lot of good done for one good cup of coffee. 

So, this Earth Day, join us in our commitment to composting and in creating a more sustainable future, one sip at a time!