Recyclable Single-Serve Capsules

With an estimated 15 billion single-serve cups (k-cups®) to be consumed in 2014, the industry needs sustainable solutions that offer all of the advantages of being in single-serve capsules.

  1. COST – Provide an equal cost alternative for a superior Recyclable produce.
  2. QUALITY – Provide a solution that improves the quality of the product and/or extends shelf life.
  3. SUSTAINABILITY – A solution that is more sustainable with substantially lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
  4. RECYCLABILITY – Potential to recycle both externally and even closed loop.

Intelligent Blends is proud to offer our Award-Winning eco-friendly #5 Recyclable single-serve (k-cup® compatible) capsules to Brands and Roasters who promote sustainability. An innovation in the single-serve coffee and beverage market, the team at Intelligent Blends is passionate about positively impacting the environment one cup at a time. Our “Eco Kups” are comprised of an advanced proprietary blend of #5 Recyclable Polypropylene along with other eco-friendly materials producing a capsule with a moisture/oxygen barrier that is far superior to that found in a typical Polystyrene plastic single-cups.

Product Quality and Shelf Life

Two primary external factors that effect quality and shelf life of the product are oxygen and moisture. While both traditional plastic polystyrene (PS) and recyclable polypropylene (PP) capsules include EVOH as an effective oxygen barrier.

Literature on coffee indicate that the shelf life can be negatively effected by up to 60% through exposure to moisture, depending on environment and storage conditions, etc.




Sustainability (Green House Gas emissions & water reduction)

Polystyrene (PS) versus Polypropylene (PP) for Green House Gas emissions – Polypropylene (PP) produces 30% less Green House Gas emissions (estimated with the climate compass) and 21% water reduction (climate compass). This difference is attributed to the savings in energy required to produce the polymers during the production process. Quantifying the environmental effect on the basis of 500MM capsules the savings is equivalent to approximately 320 acres of sequestered carbon from a pine forest, or pulling 300 cars off of the road (according to US EPA Calculators).

Promoting Sustainability in Single-Serve

Committed to developing sustainable solutions in the single-serve market, Intelligent Blends is staying on the cutting-edge actively working with companies all over the world to research and develop innovative single-serve packaging products that will continue to positively impact the environment. Since introducing our “Eco Kups” in March of 2014, we’ve packed more than 6 million cups for Brands and Roasters all over the United States and abroad.