September 01, 2016
Globally Nespresso is minting dosh from a coffee pod stranglehold. Last year Australians spent more than $215 million on coffee pods, indicating a dangerous obsession. One of the inventors, American John Sylvan admits he regrets having created the aluminium and plastic capsules given they're single-use and not readily recyclable, and former chief executive of Nespresso Jean-Paul Gaillard affirms an environmental disaster will ensue unless action is taken. The benefit of a quick and immaculately delivered brew comes at a significant cost. But what is the alternative?
The Ethical Coffee Company produces pods that decompose within six months as they are 100% bio-sourced and made entirely from plant based materials.
Originated in 2010 by former Nestle employer Jean-Paul Gaillard, the Ethical Coffee Company's mantra states, "Our capsules are so green, you can plant them."
So there you have it. Another option is to abandon capsule technology altogether and switch to using fresh coffee grounds as garden fertiliser or food for your worm farm, life could be a whole lot simpler.
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