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

PAPACKS and Euro-Caps receive WorldStar Packaging Award for innovative sustainable coffee capsule

Cologne, Germany – In a groundbreaking collaboration spanning over five years, PAPACKS and Euro-Caps have developed a revolutionary fiber-based coffee capsule made from renewable, FSC®-certified raw materials. This significant advancement in the sustainable packaging industry greatly reduces waste and optimizes resource usage.

The innovative oil-resistant and water-resistant fiber-based coffee capsules not only ensure coffee freshness but also enable smooth use in capsule coffee machines. This significantly reduces the environmental impact, in line with the companies’ principles of social responsibility and circular economy.

Their efforts have been recognized with the esteemed WorldStar Packaging Award for 2024, presented by the World Packaging Organization (WPO). This honor recognizes the ongoing commitment of PAPACKS and Euro-Caps to sustainability and high-quality standards.

“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.”

The joint development by Euro-Caps and PAPACKS challenged numerous experts from both companies to ensure the final product functions flawlessly. This innovation in design and technology has been registered as an international design patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (DM/230736).

“We are proud of the advancements we have made at Euro-Caps in the development of coffee capsules,” says Anthony Kay, R&D Engineer at Euro-Caps. “Through our collaboration with PAPACKS, we have succeeded in developing capsules that are not only environmentally friendly but also technologically advanced. Our focus was on creating a capsule that is fully compostable without compromising on the quality and taste experience of the coffee.”

The award-winning coffee capsules will be available in other compatible models, making Euro-Caps one of the first industrial-scale suppliers of a functioning fiber-based coffee capsule. This significant step will greatly reduce the current use of plastic and aluminum capsules. 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.

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 Organization (WPO)

Founded in 1968, the World Packaging Organization (WPO) is a non-profit international association that 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 and support 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. For more information, please visit

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. For more information, please visit


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. For more information, please visit

Media Contact:

Manuel Leibrock, PAPACKS / CMO

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Derick is an experienced reporter having held multiple senior roles for large publishers across Europe. Specialist subjects include small business and financial emerging markets.

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