Nespresso launches 80% recycled aluminium coffee capsules

Nespresso has partnered with Novelis, a world leader in aluminium rolling and recycling, to launch its first coffee capsule made of 80 per cent recycled aluminium. The highly recycled, sustainable alloy is featured in Nespresso's new coffee capsules.

Novelis' alloy has deep drawing properties to meet the coffee capsule market's need for demanding product specifications. The alloy also supports Nespresso's continued circularity journey by minimising waste and maximising the reuse of product materials.

“This achievement is an important step in helping Nespresso reach its sustainability goals,” says Stephen Boney, Vice President, Specialties, Novelis Europe. “We have a longstanding partnership with Nespresso that is focused on implementing more sustainable manufacturing processes throughout the supply chain. As such, we have increased the amount of recycled aluminium content in coffee capsules and developing additional end-of-life recycling solutions for greater circularity.” 

Comprised of a thinner aluminium foil, the new capsules contain 9.2 per cent less aluminium material and are 8 per cent lighter. The foil protects freshness and aromas of high-quality coffee and provides a strong barrier against oxygen, light and humidity. More importantly, the foil is infinitely recyclable and requires less energy to produce than virgin aluminium. 

“We are constantly challenging ourselves to improve the sustainability and circularity of our operations, including the way we source, use, and recycle material. Reaching 80 per cent recycled aluminium in our capsules is a significant milestone, and something we have worked hard to achieve with Novelis and other partners along the value chain,” Jérôme Pérez, Nespresso Head of Sustainability, says.

In recent years, Novelis has developed many new alloys that are easily recyclable and invested in technologically-advanced recycling facilities that have increased recycled product content from 33 per cent to 60 per cent across its global operations.

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