What do we mean by compostable?

We mean everything (shell, lid, coffee) will return to where it belongs; the 🌍! How do you do that? Well by composting it, along with your banana peels, and allowing nature to do it’s thing — and that’s not sending it to landfill! See our easy composting method, and how you can join our mission, and dispose of your Pods responsibly. Shifting, coffee, habits + culture - 4WKS at a time!


1. Edible Ink
2. Veg paper
3. Coffee!
4. Bio-shell

Our 4WKS Pod is made from 100% compostable materials, meaning the whole thing can be composted together!

Sustainable Pod Pouch

All 4WKS Pods sold as a refill, are packed in our fully compostable Pod Pouch. Designed to keep your coffee fresh and waste out of landfill, it can be used to dispose of your pods responsibly; composted, returning to the Earth, and not landfilled.




Returning your used 4WKS Pods to our 4WKS Composting Network in the Western Cape

Our 4WKS Pod is certified as industrial compostable by DIN CERTCO, and will breakdown into nutritious soil within 3 months. Partnering with yWaste in the Western Cape, we have launched a composting initiative whereby you may return your used 4WKS Pods to different collection points around the city, and we’ll send them to their commercial composting farm in Philippi.

We realize that not everyone has access to this network, and the only commercial composting sites are available here in the Western Cape. Rest assured we have done tests on how long it will take to breakdown in a home composting environment, and it definitely will. You may just need to give nature a little bit more time to do its thing!

Either way, we encourage you to shift with us, and take responsibility for where our used Pods end up. The Western Cape government aims to reduce 100% of food waste going into landfills by 2027, and together, we believe we can get there!

Our top tips on breaking down your 4WKS Pods at home

— Our Pods will breakdown quicker in a hot composting environment 
— The compost heap should be a minimum size of half a cubic meter
— Throw your used Pods in the middle of the heap (this is where the hottest temperatures will be!)
— Water your heap well!
— Turn it as often as you can, introducing fresh oxygen!
— Try your best to achieve temperatures of around 65 degrees
— You’ll notice the coffee and veggie lid will compost quicker than the shell!
— Some patience is required for nature to do it’s thing, but rest assured in roughly 3 months, it will return to beautiful nutritious compost
— Enjoy the feeling of scattering fresh soil as food for your plants