Varden is a technology company focussed on finding sustainable solutions to modern packaging problems. Varden’s core technologies all rely on the use of variable density moulded pulp fibre to create sustainable, beautiful and organically shaped packaging for discerning global consumers
Varden is patenting a system that allows for coffee capsules to be made effectively and commercially from pulp fibre. Conventionally these capsules are made from aluminium or plastic, and are difficult and expensive to recycle. There are bio-plastic versions in market, but these suffer from a lack of consumer confidence as far as sustainability goes.
Pulp capsules work as well as aluminium, but are completely compostable, and the pulp paper capsule is itself recyclable through the conventional paper recycling path.
Varden is also working with different pulp compounds such as bagasse (the left over fibre from sugar production) and coffee husk fibre, to make a capsule from waste that can be marketed as a by-product of the coffee manufacturing process.
The capsules are decorated using the patented Varden in-line decoration method, so that different coffee variants can be distinguished at the point of sale.
Having a fully sustainable capsule will allow the coffee market to target the highly profitable organic coffee market more aggresively. The sustainable pods will allow coffee manufacturers to sell a differentiated product line, in the same way that chocolate has done
Technology and Intellectual Property
Varden is a technology and Intellectual Property start up, and its main assets are the patents it already holds, and the experience and know-how of its principals. The core technology of high-speed pulp deformation and decoration was proven out in New Zealand with the Fisher and Paykel Research and Development lab.
Subsequent development has been done in Melbourne and Taipei, although the company uses a number of “Best of Breed” partners globally such as Flint in the USA to supply inks, and other partners to supply films, and sustainable pulp fibre as required.