Our Eco-Team

Coffees taste best when they are kind to the planet. We are always thinking about the ecological and social responsibility of Charles Liégeois.

Since 2009, we have drastically reduced our carbon emissions. But that is not enough. To offer sustainable products and remain a responsible company, we promote organic farming, manage our waste, improve our production methods, and we now also rely on the determined and enthusiastic Eco-Team. Made up of colleagues from all levels of the company, the team evaluates the products that we bring to the market, and transforms ideas into concrete results.

Caring for the environment is part of who we are.

Getting the most out of our packaging

Here at Charles Liégeois, we consider sustainable packaging a priority. Each cardboard box we receive is now thoroughly checked. If it is clean and in good condition, it is labelled and reused for sending out our online orders. If it can’t be used any more, it's shredded and used as an environmentally-friendly packaging solution.

Paper or cardboard, every little helps.

Biodegradability

Many of our products are industrially composted. They break down quickly in the specific environment of an anaerobic digestion plant, with no negative effect on soil and plants. It is even better than being just biodegradable.

How do we manage this waste?

Under the requirements of the European standard EN 13432, the waste is not (yet) fit for household composts and will not biodegrade in your garden. But we’re working on it!

Industrial composting

The temperature reaches more than 60°C in industrial composting centres, which ensures the elimination of pathogenic germs. Thanks to a forced ventilation system, the composting process is accelerated, taking only 4 to 8 weeks. Organic waste becomes bio-gas, or a soil enricher.

Municipalities and waste management organisations should inform you whether our industrially compostable products can be put in recycling bins.

What should I do with my used pods and capsules?

Good news: some municipal authorities allow you to throw away your used pods and capsules in organic waste bins. Get in touch with them to find out if you can.
Be sure to tell them that Charles Liégeois pods and capsules are industrially compostable and have been certified by the independent organisation TUV.

More info here!

In the Flemish region, coffee pods are not considered organic waste yet.

Home compost

Home composting is more than just a fad, it is essential for the planet. With household compost, we can make use of leftovers, peelings, coffee grounds as well as grass, leaves and branches, to reduce landfill waste and improve our gardens.

The temperature in a compost bin is lower, and less constant, than in an industrial composting centre, which means the process takes more time. With just a bit of organic waste and a little patience, you get a natural, non-polluting fertilizer!