Coffee giant Nespresso is set to pilot compostable capsules early next year.
The company said that three years of research and development had been put into creating a home compostable paper-based capsule that delivers high-quality coffee. Several aspects of the capsule feature proprietary technology, including a biopolymer lining that protects the coffee against oxidisation.
The new products – compatible with Nespresso Original machines – will be piloted in the Swiss and French markets beginning in the spring of 2023, and are expected to be launched in several other European countries in the following 12 months.
They will be sold alongside Nespresso’s aluminium capsules, which the company said are recyclable and made using 80% recycled aluminium – although what percentage are actually recycled is another matter, despite more than 100,000 collection points available worldwide.
The new capsules are certified for composting, both home and industrial, by TÜV Austria, an international certification body. In some countries, including France, they are accepted in public biowaste bins.
Huhtamaki, a global provider of sustainable packaging solutions, was one of the partners in the development of this new paper-based capsule. Its CEO Charles Héaulmé commented: “Part of this breakthrough innovation is the result of combining paper pulp from wood fibre, a natural renewable material, compressing it to a coffee capsule.”