If you are a coffee lover, you’ve probably heard of Nespresso. It’s a coffee maker that uses silicon-based capsules to make espresso. But did you know that the company has bespoke recycling projects? And that it also has a global reach? All of these facts make Nespresso an excellent choice for coffee lovers.
Nespresso’s patented capsules containing silicon
The patented silicon lining on Nespresso coffee capsules was designed to prevent rivals from making Nespresso pods. This lining prevents a coffee pod from being deformed during the brewing process. Consequently, Nespresso is unlikely to remove it. Even if they did, it would mean that they’d lose a competitive advantage. However, the silicon lining on the capsules doesn’t prevent them from fitting Nespresso machines.
Nespresso uses recycled aluminium in its capsules, which is recyclable but requires a bespoke recycling process. The company provides free return bags and offers collection services for its capsules.
Its bespoke recycling projects
One of Nespresso’s bespoke recycling projects was a collaboration with artists in Zimbabwe. The artists used the recycled capsules for their sculptural work. The used coffee grounds are composted, transforming into natural fertiliser, while the aluminium is recycled into new capsules. The artists used the capsules for bespoke items like pens and sculptures.