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nespresso and aluminium
When Nespresso wanted to ensure its packaging materials (capsules) were sustainable, it naturally turned to aluminium.

“Aluminium is not only the best material to protect the delicate flavours and aromas of our Grand Cru coffees, but it is also infinitely recyclable,” the Nespresso website reads.

Aluminium’s lifecycle provides significant greenhouse benefits through recycling.  Aluminium can be recycled over and over again.  In fact, recycling aluminium saves 95% of the energy it would take to make new metal from scratch.  Recycling one aluminium can, for example, even saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.

“By collecting and recycling used capsules, we are able to reduce our environmental impact,” Nespresso’s website says.

“Because it is lightweight, using aluminium also provides transportation and environmental savings when compared to other packaging materials. We have commissioned an environmental study (Life Cycle Assessment or LCA) of our capsules by the independent specialist environmental consultants, Quantis.”

“The study shows that among all options assessed to make an espresso coffee in a Nespresso machine, the Nespresso aluminium capsule that is recycled after use is the option with the lowest environmental impacts, among all those currently in the market.”

If you have a Nespresso machine, don’t forget to recycle your capsules.  Nespresso is installing capsule recycling collection points at each of its stores across Australia. Click here for a location near you.

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