The process of turning waste or used materials into new ones, also known as recycling, is an important thing taking into consideration that it does not only help saving different materials but it also helps lower the greenhouse gas emissions. Materials that are potentially recyclable are glass, paper, metal, plastic, cardboard, tiles, textiles, as well as electronics.
However, when it comes to the use of coffee machines and coffee pods, especially those of Nespresso, there has been quite a lot of talk concerning the recycling of the Nespresso coffee pods. More specifically, Nespresso pods are made from aluminum and plastic and therefore are not accepted for recycling. Meaning, when these pods get sent to landfills, they take hundreds of years to break down. As the last numbers suggest, in 2012 Nespresso sold 27 billion pods worldwide.
Concerning the recycling, a former chief executive of Nespresso said:
Aluminium capsules have to be shredded, the coffee has to be taken away with water, the varnish to be burnt and aluminium has to be re-smelted again. You need a lot of transportation and energy.
To find a solution, Nespresso has teamed-up with the global recycling company, TerraCycle. So, reportedly, some possible ways when it comes to recycling Nespresso pods in the UK would be, dropping of the used pods at Collectplus, at Doddle, or at the Nespresso boutique. You can request a recycling collection at home, as well, when you order the Nespresso pods online, or you can even drop them off at a Starbucks outlet. (See here for more).
Taking into consideration that the pods are beautiful-looking and colorful, recycling them into jewelry would prove to be an effective way of reuse. See below for a list of jewelry designers who have created Nespresso-based jewelry.
1. Kathleen Nowak Tucci
This collection of recycled pods is simply beautiful, to say the least. The colors are pretty, the aesthetics is super cool, and the pieces are definitely unique.
2. Naomi & Isabel, Switzerland
The Nespresso-based jewelry of Naomi & Isabel who live is Switzerland is ethereal. Who would have guessed these are recycled pieces?
3. Shoshi Orpaz
Based in Israel, Shoshi creates hands-down masterpieces using the Nespresso coffee pods. The colors are matched perfectly with one another and I’d say they are definitely a good accessory.
4. Lior Nahum
Just look at that ring! Based in Amsterdam, Lior makes use of the coffee pods to create these wonderful masterpieces.
5. Gina Lacobut
These designs are otherworldly! The colors, the additions, and the skill is mesmerizing.
So, the importance of recycling these pods is quite evident. Making sure these Nespresso pods don’t end up in the landfills, has brought forward these wonderful creations and crafts. It’s fair to say, this aforementioned jewelry is simply one-of-a-kind, and it would definitely catch the attention and curiosity of the people surrounding you.
So, making sure our planet is sustainable and safe, there are matters that should be taken into consideration, and one of them is recycling.
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