Atlanta’s rolled and recycled aluminium firm Novelis Inc. announced yesterday a partnership with Swiss coffee company Nestlé Nespresso S.A. to develop and market the first-ever coffee capsule composed of 80 percent recycled aluminium.
Per the firms, the new alloy will be used in all of Nespresso’s new coffee capsules. The new alloy meets both the growing desire for a more sustainable solution for portioned coffee capsules and the strict tolerances required for use in such a role.
Stephen Boney, Vice President, Specialties, Novelis Europe, elaborated upon the importance of the new aluminium alloy.
“This achievement is an important step in helping Nespresso reach its sustainability goals. 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 aluminum content in coffee capsules and developing additional end-of-life recycling solutions for greater circularity.”
The coffee capsules made from this new aluminium alloy feature thinner walls, almost a tenth less aluminium, and are lighter by 8 percent. In addition, the infinitely-recyclable capsules require less energy to produce while providing superior protection from oxygen, light, and humidity.
“We are constantly challenging ourselves to improve the sustainability and circularity of our operations, including the way we source, use, and recycle material,” explained Jérôme Pérez, Nespresso Head of Sustainability. “Reaching 80% recycled aluminum in our capsules is a significant milestone, and something we have worked hard to achieve with Novelis and other partners along the value chain.”
Novelis is a subsidiary of Mumbai’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. Based in Atlanta, the firm accounts for almost half of Hindalco’s consolidated revenue. The world’s largest recycler of aluminium, Novelis conducts operations in ten different countries, employs around eleven thousand people, and reported US$10 billion in revenue for the most recent fiscal year.