Based on a recent comment to my article on pod system espresso machines, I wanted to address a big misunderstanding about Nespresso.
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.
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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