There's good news and bad news when it comes to aluminium. Unfortunately, it's mostly bad news. The good news is that, when recycled, aluminium production only requires a small fraction of the energy required.
There are two main reasons why. Firstly, coffee capsules are rarely recycled. Even when made convinient, it's not exactly an easy process. Things seem great when you just have to throw the used ones in a bag and they get picked up and you never have to worry about it after that. But that's where the fun ends and the science begins...
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It's UK Coffee Week! Moving Beans will be doing its part by donating 10% of its sales to Project Waterfall.
From helping the environment by eliminating polluting plastic waste, Moving Beans is now also going to do it’s part to help the global coffee community. We hope you'll join us!
Single-serve aluminum or plastic pods create a lot of unnecessary waste. Extracting and processing raw materials is not always cheap, and both making and recycling them are energy-intensive processes. So, even if you do recycle, a lot of raw materials and a lot of energy is used, which creates a lot of pollution and leaves a large carbon footprint.
At the heart of this, there are three big problems with the recycling schemes for coffee capsules. Firstly, it's not that easy to recycle Nespresso capsules. You have use Nespresso's own recycling scheme, since you can't throw used capsules out with other normal domestic recycling. Secondly, all that aluminium still has to be produced to make the capsules in the first place, which takes a lot of energy and raw material, then the recycling process itself takes up a lot of energy and still produces waste and pollution. Finally, most people just don't use it.
Coffee capsules are very convenient and go well with the quick pace of our modern times. They're quick, easy to use, and consistently make a great cup of coffee. However, the environmental impact is a disaster.
Despite efforts to encourage recycling, hundreds of millions of plastic and aluminium pods are being thrown away every year in the UK and globally.
To celebrate our one-year anniversary, we are launching a new and exciting coffee portfolio. All of our Nespresso™-compatible coffee capsules are now fully biodegradable and compostable.