Nespresso’s promise is to provide the highest quality coffee from cherry to cup. Its success depends on healthy ecosystems, thriving coffee-growing communities and responsibly-sourced materials. That’s why Nespresso puts sustainability at the core of the business model – from sourcing beans and training our farmers through its precision consumption model and recycling commitments.
In 2003, Nespresso partnered with the Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade to develop the Nespresso AAA Sustainability Quality™ Program, which currently includes over 100,000 farmers across the world. Nespresso’s AAA certified farmers work with a team of over 300 agronomists, ensuring that the most sustainable agricultural practices are implemented to produce the highest quality coffee, without damaging local ecosystems.
In addition, Nespresso capsules are made from aluminium, an infinitely recyclable resource and the best material available to preserve the aroma and freshness of ground coffee. As a proud co-founder of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, (ASI), Nespresso was able to launch the first sustainably sourced aluminium in partnership with Rio Tinto in 2018.
Unfortunately, domestic recycling systems in Australia are currently unable to sort and recycle small aluminium items, such as Nespresso capsules, a challenge that Nespressohas overcome by pioneering its own capsule recycling system in 2010 – the first of its kind in Australia. Since then, there have been over 22,000 coffee capsule collection points set up across Australia. At the recycling plant, the used coffee is separated from the aluminium and sent to the fertilising industry whilst the used aluminium is sent to be reused in the aluminium industry.
One major benefit of Nespresso portioned coffee is that it minimises wasted resources. A measured and precise consumption system uses only the exact amount of coffee beans, water and energy needed to brew a single cup, saving resources, reducing waste and minimising the carbon footprint.
Nespresso continues to combat climate change with programs such as agroforestry and water management initiatives. As a further commitment, Nespresso has pledged to reduce their carbon footprint by an additional 10% per cup by 2020.
For further information on Nespresso’s approach to sustainably, visit Nespresso’s website.