The Problem With Aluminium Capsules

Nespresso have sold 28 billion aluminium coffee capsules worldwide. It takes between 150 and 500 years for aluminium capsules to decompose in landfill and when they do, they decompose into smaller pieces of aluminium. Sure, there's a Nespresso recycling service but Nespresso will never tell you how many of their pods are actually returned for recycling. All pods that are not recycled are going to landfill. That's a problem.

Caffesso - A Compostable Pod For Your Nespresso Machine

The full range of Caffesso is now supplied in a biodegradable and compostable capsule that is made from plants not plastic. That's 12 different blends in a capsule that can they can be safely disposed of without having to remove the used coffee or the lid.

The pod has been independently certified as compostable and biodegradable. At a commercial composting facility, they will reduce to just organic matter and water in 8 to 12 weeks. They will be turned into compost and used on avocado and kiwi fruits farms in NZ.
 
We are working hard to ensure that we maximise the number of Caffesso capsules that are being composted. 

What To Do With Used Cafesso Capsules?

  • If you are currently using a food waste collection, organic waste or garden bin company, then chat to them. Most of the good ones will accept compostable packaging in their bins.  
  • Our arrangement with Innocent Packaging means our customers may put their used Caffesso  capsules in one of the fifty or so Compostable Packaging Bins. These bins are placed around Auckland CBD and you can read more about this here.  
  • Drop them back to 27/3 Oracle Drive, Albany, Auckland either in person or by post. We are funding the collection of used pods from WeCompost.
  • Landfill - We know, it sounds counter intuitive but hear us out.  Caffesso capsules will decompose in a fraction of the time compared to a plastic or aluminium pod. That's a matter of months compared to centuries. When they do decompose, they will leave organic matter only – that means no plastic and no aluminium. Since they are made from sugar cane and sugar beet, they actually replace lost nutrients in the the soil.
 

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