PAPACKS and EURO-CAPS Secure 100-Million Coffee Capsule Contract and Receive WorldStar Packaging Award for Plastic-Free Innovation

PAPACKS and Euro-Caps Receive WorldStar Packaging Award for Innovative Coffee Capsule Design Made from Renewable Materials

Cologne, Germany – In a joint effort spanning over five years, PAPACKS and Euro-Caps have developed an innovative fiber-based coffee capsule made from renewable, FSC®-certified raw materials. This breakthrough in sustainable packaging has earned the companies the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Award for 2024 from the World Packaging Organization (WPO).

The new coffee capsule is oil and water-resistant, ensuring the freshness of the coffee while reducing waste and optimizing resource usage. It is a significant step forward in the sustainable packaging industry and aligns with the companies’ principles of social responsibility and circular economy.

“We are proud of our developments in coffee capsules, demonstrating our commitment to environmental protection and sustainability,” says Tahsin Dag, Founder & CEO of PAPACKS. “Transforming rapidly renewable, FSC®-certified raw materials into compostable capsules represents a significant advancement. Our innovative and outstanding collaboration with Euro-Caps has been instrumental in achieving these innovations. This partnership emphasizes our mission to advance eco-friendly packaging solutions and to serve both our customers and the environment.”

The joint development with Euro-Caps and PAPACKS challenged numerous experts from both companies to ensure the final product functions flawlessly, especially in its properties of oil resistance and water resistance, completely without plastic and aluminum. This innovation in design and technology has been registered as an international design patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (DM/230736).

“We are thrilled to have been awarded the esteemed WorldStar Packaging Award for our fiber-based coffee capsule,” says Anthony Kay, R&D Engineer at Euro-Caps. “This recognition highlights our commitment to sustainability and high-quality standards. Our focus was on creating a capsule that is fully compostable without compromising on the quality and taste experience of the coffee. This is a significant step forward for sustainability in the coffee capsule industry.”

According to calculations by DUH (Deutsche Umwelthilfe), Germans consumed a total of 3.4 billion coffee capsules in 2019, equating to approximately 13,500 tons of waste. With this new innovation, Euro-Caps, in collaboration with PAPACKS, becomes one of the first industrial-scale suppliers of a functioning fiber-based coffee capsule, which can significantly reduce the current use of plastic and aluminum capsules.

The award will be honored at the WorldStar Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 15, 2024. For more information, please visit:

About the World Packaging Organisation (WPO)

The World Packaging Organisation (WPO) is a non-profit, international association founded in 1968. It brings together national and regional packaging institutes and associations, as well as companies and trade associations. Its main goal is to promote packaging technology, science, and education. The WPO supports the development of international trade and educational programs in the packaging sector through conferences, activities, publications, and an international award program for packaging design. With 84 members from 63 countries, the WPO is strongly committed to innovations in packaging.

About Euro-Caps Holding B.V.

Euro-Caps is a leading global provider of private label coffee capsules, especially since the market opened up for Nespresso®-compatible products in 2012. With a dedicated team, Euro-Caps operates two plants producing millions of capsules daily for Nespresso® and Dolce Gusto®. The company has extensive expertise in coffee and packaging, reflected in the quality of their products and services. Euro-Caps places great emphasis on the entire value chain, from bean sourcing to final customer delivery, supplying around 40 countries worldwide.


PAPACKS is one of the leading European manufacturers of plastic-free, sustainable fiber-cast packaging solutions. They produce plastic-free packaging for industries such as food, beauty, pharma, as well as industrial applications for transportation and logistics. Utilizing rapidly renewable resources, they can combine these for higher requirements with plant-based coatings developed from their own research. These packaging solutions are suitable for modern circular economy concepts and offer alternatives to plastic packaging. PAPACKS offers an extensive portfolio, facilitating customers’ transition to sustainable packaging. The company primarily manufactures in Germany, but also operates plants in the Netherlands and has offices in Prague, New York, and its headquarters in Cologne.


Manuel Leibrock, PAPACKS / CMO,

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