The journey to carbon neutral coffee
EVERY CUP OF
BE CARBON NEUTRAL
Our ambition is for every cup of Nespresso to be carbon neutral by the end of 2022. That means from crop to cup, we’ve balanced out how much carbon we emit with how much we remove from the atmosphere.
From zero waste to landfill and automatic power-off to planting trees, it’s about the countless choices we make. Because discovering new ways of reducing our footprint can be as enjoyable as your every Nespresso moment.
Where have we been?
Launch of Nespresso AAA Sustainable QualityTM Program together with Rainforest Alliance, to support farmers in implementing sustainable farming practices, reducing impact on the environment, while improving quality
Automatic stand-by or power-off introduced in all new machines
Production centres become “zero waste to landfill”
Surpassed 2020 goal of planting 5 million trees (5.2 million trees planted across 9 countries between 2014-2020)
Co-founders of Podback, the UK’s recycling program
"I truly believe that both
our business and the coffee
can be a force for good
for humans and nature.
Knowing that your cup of
coffee is carbon neutral
means knowing that your
is also doing good."
GUILLAUME LE CUNFF, CEO
Where we want to be
Aim for all Original (2021) and Vertuo (2022) coffee ranges to be made using recycled aluminium.
Six more countries to be added to the agroforestry programme.
All our coffees for at-home and professional customers, as well as our supply chain, will be fully carbon neutral.
The greatest triumphs are the ones we achieve together.
Let’s put our heads and our hands together to grow the positive impact of every cup of coffee on people and planet.
It’s in our countless small choices that we make the biggest difference.
IN YOUR GARDEN
Everyday acts can happen in any
sized garden—whether it’s a balcony
or on a larger scale. We’re all at
diferent stages, but each of us can
fnd a few simple things to do that
suit our lifestyle going forward.
Use kitchen scraps such as vegetable peelings and garden ofcuts such as grass cutings to make compost— it improves soil fertility and puts nutrients back.
Where possible, opt for pollinator friendly plants. If they’re drought friendly too, all the better Echinacea is perfect for this. Other plants that tick this box include buddleia and lavender.
HABITATS FOR WILDLIFE
Having a bug hotel or a water source like a pond helps provide habitats for wildlife. You can build a bug hotel from stacked pallets and bits and bobs foraged from a local woodland
EMBRACE A LITTLE CHAOS
Nature doesn’t like things too neat and tidy, so leave seed heads in situ where possible—birds will thank you for it..
AVOID PESTICIDES AND FERTILISERS
If you’re worried about pests, there are biological pest control options. You don’t want to add things to the garden that are known to harm other wildlife, children, pets or plants.
RECYCLE WHEN IT
COMES TO PLANTERS
Old dustbins and scafold board planters work perfectly.
IN YOUR KITCHEN
Households produce 70% of all food waste. Cut your food waste by practising complete consumption. Use the whole ingredient and eat every edible part—skin, leaves, stems and all. It’s an invitation to get inventive. Then compost whatever you can’t eat.
EAT FOR PLEASURE
Cooking with love, confdence and creativity leads to reduced food cost and waste. And every meal we eat ofers a unique opportunity to support people and Earth through the food we buy.
EAT WHOLE FOODS
Lower your impact and reduce waste by eating whole, lesser processed foods like brown rice, pulses and wholegrains. Lesser processed and whole foods are, as a rule of thumb, much beter for the environment and our health.
EAT THE BEST YOU CAN
Do the best you can. Everyone has varying budgets and time to spend cooking, so how we eat is dependent on our limitations. Food is an investment in our families’ health and the future and whether you grow all your own fruit and veg or simply make more informed purchases when it comes to your cofee, collectively our actions make a huge diference.
Adam Handling is known not only for top quality food but for a zero-waste approach to it. He favours seasonal ingredients and displays endless creativity in working with it to bring their true favours to life
GET A SMART METER FITTED
Most energy is invisible—so if you can’t see it, you’re less likely to care about it. Smart meters provide real time, live feedback on your home energy use, and help you beter manage what items you use and how much they cost you. If you turn the lights or cooker on, the readings go up. Turn them of and it drops back down. Your energy company will ft a smart meter for free.
CHOOSE LOW ENERGY APPLIANCES
With so many electrical items in the home, it makes sense to opt for low energy appliances. When choosing appliances, don’t just go for function or style, look for the new energy labels.
CHOOSE ENERGY SMART PRODUCTS
Smart or intelligent appliances allow you to control them more easily and help you use less energy efortlessly. This could be:
- Products that switch of automatically when not in use—like cofee machines.
- Products that are internet connected and can be controlled remotely by apps from your phone—like heating and lighting.
- Start the switch from gas to electrical reliant products such as hobs and cookers. It’s cleaner for the environment to buy from renewable sources like electricity.
SWITCH TO RENEWABLE ENERGY
It’s easy to switch to an electricity company that can supply your home a pure green energy tarif that comes from renewable sources like wind or solar. By doing that, you will simply and painlessly be dramatically reducing your home’s carbon footprint.
Oliver is an expert in sustainable architecture and interior design. With both a BAFTA nominated television programme and several books, he is a recognized and respected voice.
IN YOUR HOME
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
The emphasis is on reduce—we all need to consume fewer, beter things, and when we do, reuse and recycle them. We can make an efort to invest in beautiful things that last a really long time.
NOT ALL MATERIALS CAN BE RECYCLED
Check that what you’re buying can be recycled, and always avoid nonrecyclable packaging. Aluminium is a brilliant choice of material because it can be infnitely recycled.
NOT ALL RECYCLABLE MATERIALS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Aluminium, for example, is easily recycled. 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in circulation today
RECYCLED MATERIALS OFTEN CARRY A LOWER CARBON FOOTPRINT
Many materials have a signifcantly lower carbon footprint when they are re-shaped during a recycling process than when they are mined or created from scratch. Take aluminium again; it requires 95% less energy to recycle it than it does to produce primary aluminium.
Making small, everyday changes
can help the planet.
Use kitchen scraps and garden offcuts to make compost — it helps improve soil fertility and puts nutrients back.
EAT FOR PLEASURE
Cooking with love, confidence and creativity leads to reduced food cost and waste.
MAKE THE MOST OF OFF-PEAK ENERGY
Many devices allow you to defer when they start or finish so you can make the most of cheaper off-peak energy.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
The emphasis is on reduce—we all need to consume fewer, better things.
Nespresso partners with The Guardian this autumn to bring you stories of how the choices we make matter. On ‘A Journey to Carbon Neutral Coffee’, we’ll explore how everywhere from coffee fields to the kitchen, and in everything from high art to everyday style choices,
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