Based on a recent comment to my article on pod system espresso machines, I wanted to address a big misunderstanding about the effort of Nespresso going green, so to speak.
A reader stated that these machines generate unnecessary trash which is harmful to the environment. As I stated in the article, the coffee can be removed from the individual pods and composted. The empty pods can then be recycled in your local recycling program.
Nespresso Going Green
However, I wanted everyone to know that Nespresso is addressing these concerns. The first thing Nespresso has done is open pod return/recycling locations in Europe. There are plans to open these locations here in North America as well. Their goal is to triple their pod recycling capacity in the next 4 years.
Additionally, Nestle has committed to sourcing 80% of its coffee from sustainable farms by the year 2013. This commitment means they will double the present percentage of 40%.
Nespresso has also initiated a top to bottom review of their corporate policies to make sure they are doing all they can to be environmentally responsible.
I hope I don’t sound like a shill for Nestle, but I think it is only fair to look at the company as a whole before passing judgment on a single product line.
***Note: Before anyone leaves anymore comments on this article go read this Nespresso Crema Fact From Fiction
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