From Nespresso to a rice field

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Nespresso has indeed made a significant contribution through the Da Chicco a Chicco project. In 2023, Nespresso donated a million plates of rice, confirming its commitment alongside Banco Alimentare of Lombardia, Lazio, Piemonte and, from this year, also Puglia and Daunia.

 This system, which has been in place since 2011, promotes the collection and recycling of exhausted aluminum coffee capsules, with the aim of bringing the materials they are composed of back to life (The plan is expected to be spread to Sicily).

The project allows customers to return their capsules to Nespresso Boutiques or to isole ecologiche throughout Italy, for a total of over 170 collection points in more than 80 Italian cities.

Once collected by waste management companies through specific local agreements, the exhausted capsules are treated so that the 2 materials they are composed of, aluminum and coffee, are separated and sent for recycling.

While the aluminum is melted and transformed into new objects, the coffee becomes compost for the soil of an Italian rice field in Novara – Piedmont, from which the rice that Nespresso repurchases and donates to Banco Alimentare is born.

In 2023, the goal of 1 million plates, along with the addition of the Puglia region, will support over 500,000 people in more than 2,500 charitable structures, reception houses, street units, canteens, and spaces dedicated to supporting those most in need through dedicated deliveries and solidarity packages, with a 14 per cent increase compared to the amount of rice distributed in 2022.

Nespresso is an operating unit of the Nestlé Group, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Nestlé has 4 research centers in Tours, Amiens, Lisieux and Vittel. These centers are in France as part of Nestlé’s global network of 23 research centers, which employ a total of 4,000 researchers. (Redazione)

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