Discover sustainable living starting with coffee
Coffee has always been a reliable companion to start a good day. What more can we say if the cup contains an exceptional coffee. With Nespresso in mind, the experience begins with selecting the blend for the day, until inhaling the pleasant aroma while extracting the coffee from the machine to the cup, then to the first sip. Suddenly the motivation surges and continues to the last sip. But the journey does not end there; it is the beginning of endless possibilities.
Voted the world’s most sustainable coffee company in the coffee processing industry in 2021 by World Finance Magazine, Nespresso invites everyone to use coffee as a force for good by supporting causes and organizations that promote sustainability .
In the Philippines, represented by Novateur Coffee Concepts Inc., the company has partnered with entities that recycle aluminum capsules, reuse discarded coffee grounds as fertilizer and generally ensure responsible waste management. Nespresso Club members can share in these efforts and adopt a more sustainable lifestyle by simply returning used coffee capsules to any Nespresso boutique.
Recycling of aluminum capsules
Almost all Nespresso coffee capsules are made from 80% infinitely recyclable aluminium, which requires less energy to produce than raw materials. This feature allows the brand to drive circularity by minimizing waste and maximizing the reuse of product materials for various uses, including art, to support vulnerable communities.
One of the collaborators is a youth-led organization called For The Future PH, which is known for carrying out various humanitarian solutions, including typhoon relief and reforestation projects. As part of this partnership, young emerging artists were commissioned to create original works of art incorporating sustainable materials, including aluminum and coffee grounds from used Nespresso capsules. All proceeds go to support the organization’s ongoing reforestation efforts with the Yangil tribe in Zambales, one of the areas affected after Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991.
“Art and sustainability have always been at the forefront of For the Future, so we are happy to know that Nespresso values both equally. Using aluminum capsules and coffee grounds, Nespresso is reaching out to artists to share our message,” said Issa Barte, co-founder of For The Future PH.
Another is the Artisans of Hope project of the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation (NVC) which provides livelihoods to vulnerable people and feeds undernourished children. Volunteers train those with limited income to create artwork from discarded materials like eggshells, leftover tiles and Nespresso capsules. Much of the shredded aluminum is recycled in mosaic style decorative art. All proceeds from artwork sold are used to support NVC’s feeding program for children in need.
Additionally, Nespresso has partnered with Katipunan Metal Corporation to reuse discarded aluminum by melting the capsules and turning them into ingots. These can then be turned into new products, including kitchen utensils, bicycle parts, computer parts, auto parts, and more.
Reusing coffee grounds
Nespresso reuses coffee grounds as fertilizer. Known to be high in nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, coffee grounds are turned into natural compost to promote healthier plant growth in certain crops and flowering plants. That’s why Nespresso’s recycling program also separates coffee grounds from used aluminum capsules, which are then sent to local organic farms like Nutriganics Farm in Cavite, Saret Organic Farmville in Bulacan and Palaya Farm in Rizal.
Practice responsible waste management
To ensure proper overall management of Nespresso’s waste in the country, the company has partnered with Geocycle Philippines and Envirocycle. The first is part of the global waste management business of the LafargeHolcim Group, which envisions a zero-waste future by actively developing and promoting innovative, personalized and safe environmental waste management solutions. Meanwhile, the latter is a full-service e-waste recycling company that aims to prevent potentially polluting electronic equipment from being disposed of in landfills. Instead, these should be reused or recycled through fully licensed and accredited channels.
Additionally, Nespresso has been using new packaging for its machines since its launch in March 2020, where it uses 95% recycled materials.
All in all, protecting the environment can be done through small, good actions that can lead to big changes. Use coffeee as a force for good and participate in Nespresso’s commitment to achieve a sustainable earth by simply returning used capsules to Nespresso boutiques.
For more information, visit www.nespresso.ph or follow @nespresso.ph on Instagram and @nespresso.phl on Facebook.