PORTLAND, US – The idea for IGP started at a University Business Challenge. Its goal is on connecting artisan roasters to the public, while providing a “return back to the earth” product.
This led to a focus placed on creating a sustainable and green coffee pod for the single serve coffee market iGreenPod, Inc. was formed in 2012 to see how this coffee pod could make a global impact.
Co-Owners, Shawn Altman & Jay Pollack, started to notice a trend when developing the iGreenPod Coffee Pod solution. They asked themselves, “What would nature do?”
Shawn and Jay accepted the challenge and pushed forward to create a 100% biodegradable product. They reached out to chemists and engineers, and eventually found a professor that was able to help create a real solution. After 12 months of hard work, a solution was achieved.
“Creating a truly unique product, that is also “green” was of big interest for us. It gave us a chance to make an impact on the world.” – Jay Pollack
“Once we found the right materials to create the pods, it came down to building a prototype. On a small budget we were able to test and prove our idea.
We are using Kickstarter to help us continue our research, and bring this product to the market. We are thankful for crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and look forward to all the feedback.” – Shawn Altman
“We created a 100% biodegradable product that can go directly into compost. The cup, and all it’s packaging, will properly biodegrade in compost within 90 days. The materials being used are recycled natural materials, which are safe for the earth.” – Jay Pollack
Having a compostable solution in Portland is good news. The city of Portland Oregon offers weekly compost pick up for the residence as of 2012.
Shawn has been working with Global Samaritan located in Abilene, TX.
Through this organization, he has met and started working with a minister in Nicaragua that is helping farmers grow coffee.
Many of these farmers were growing drugs, while the communities were being impacted by corruption, crime, and much worse.
With the ministers help, these farmers are now growing coffee and changing the economics of the area. No longer is there crime and corruption in these villages. iGreenPod is purchasing this coffee to improve people’s lives.
“When we discovered we could buy coffee and change these people lives it was an awakening moment. The product that is being created can truly make a difference on many levels, locally and globally.” – Shawn Altman
iGreenPod wants to deliver the freshest coffee possible to it’s customers, in a biodegradable pod. The company’s goals are to deliver coffee “on demand” to its customers, create a “return back the earth” product, and help reduce pollution at every stage.