Yes, the pods we use are made out of an upcycled plant material that is biodegradable, even in a backyard compost. The pod holder is made from non-GMO corn plastic so it can be industrially composted. The pod holders are reusable, but because of their plant-based source, they will eventually start to break down. When you notice this starting to happen, you can order more through our store. How often they need to be replaced will depend entirely on how much you plant but on average they should last about 1.5 years if you take care of them. Our packaging is also made from compostable and recyclable materials. No industrial compost required so, just like our pods, a backyard compost is all you need!