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    The goal:

    The Clean Coffee Project wants to force the European Government to implement a deposit system for single-use coffee capsules made out of a toxic mixture of plastics and aluminium.


    We can not afford to waste valuable resources, water and energy. As most of the capsules end up in the general trash and only a small amount of them return back into the recycling process, most end up on landfills and finally in the ocean.

    Facts & Figures:
    As the companies do not publish any numbers, the real amount of consumed capsules can not be figured exactly.

    In 2014 Germany alone consumed between 2 and 3 Billion single-use coffee capsules. That equals 4000 to 5000 tons of plastic and aluminium waste.

    The industry estimates that Market leader Nespresso sold 8 Billion aluminium capsules in 2013 worldwide. That equals 8 Million kilograms of aluminium waste.

    The recycled aluminium can not be used for new capsules. Therefore Nespresso always needs primary aluminium.

    The average capsule contains around 4-6 g of coffee wrapped up with 2 to 3 g of packaging.

    The Story:

    Buy it, consume it and throw it away. Single-use coffee capsules are the embodiment of our throw-away society. A quick enjoyment to feed our convenience,
    the latest lifestyle product

    Not only these capsules are wasting valuable resources during production and afterwards in the recycling process - they can't be recycled easily. Because they are made out of a mix of materials like plastic, foils, paper and aluminium. Plastic and aluminium are toxic and apart from that there are plenty different systems on how European countries organize, execute and control their recycling system.

    The companies say that they have a proper working recycling system, but the truth is that they leave it to the customer. The result: most of the used capsules end up in the general trash, on landfills and finally endanger the environment and the ocean.

    The conclusion of a Study carried out by the Zero Waste Research Center in 2010 is

    The only solution is a deposit system.

    Read the full statement:

    Therefore the Clean Coffee Project has created the campaign page www.cleancoffeeproject.org. To sign the petition, to offer information about the problem, to show eco-friendly alternatives. And to invite Companies and NGO`s to join the campaign and become „Supporting Partner“.

    The Clean Coffee Project is a campaign from the Clean Ocean Project, a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO) which is based on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. www.cleanoceanproject.org

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    Comments 8 Comments
    1. jimbojohn55's Avatar
      jimbojohn55 -
      Great idea - Ive signed
    1. MildredM's Avatar
      MildredM -
      I was only reading some facts and figures about this very subject the other day. The quantities are unbelievable and I think it said it will go up 75% by 2020 (don't quote me).

      I love their logo.
    1. MWJB's Avatar
      MWJB -
      Whilst I agree we should be reducing waste (& this should be in all aspects of coffee making), some of the "facts" above are clearly wrong. Nespresso capsules don't weigh a kilogram each (they weigh 1.1g), so 8 billion capsules don't weigh 8 billion kilograms.
    1. Glenn's Avatar
      Glenn -
      Clarification has been sought from the source of the article.
    1. Glenn's Avatar
      Glenn -
      @MWJB Figure should have been 8 Million - article now changed
    1. working dog's Avatar
      working dog -
      I was planning to tweet the link as this is the sort of stuff that we tweet (environmental management company) but fail to see how waste going to landfill ends up in the ocean.

      Great idea, just not so sure about factual accuracy
    1. MWJB's Avatar
      MWJB -
      Quote Originally Posted by working dog View Post
      I was planning to tweet the link as this is the sort of stuff that we tweet (environmental management company) but fail to see how waste going to landfill ends up in the ocean.

      Great idea, just not so sure about factual accuracy
      Indeed, even allowing for corrections in the facts stated, this doesn't seem well researched. We're all contributing to waste & switching to moka pot, pourover, French press might reduce it a little...maybe even not at all? Once we open this Pandora's box, where will it end?
    1. abbie's Avatar
      abbie -
      that is very good idea thanks sharing
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