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Banco Alimentare and Nespresso: together for ecolaboration

25 Feb 2014

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In 2012 Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus signed an agreement with Nespresso, the worldwide leader in premium portioned coffee, and became a partner in the Ecolaboration project. Ecolaboration is a comprehensive programme of sustainable production and social responsibility by Nespresso and it aims to ensure the high quality of coffee, the recycling of capsules and the reduction of emissions.
In Italy the range of activities by Ecolaboration is wider: in addition to the disposal of capsules, Nespresso works with Italian partners, including the Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, for the efficient reuse of material disposed of. In Italy, in fact, in all the Nespresso shops there is a collection point for used capsules and the Ecolaboration programme will focus on the delicate process of separation of the aluminium from the remaining coffee, through the investment in machineries specially modified in order to work with Nespresso capsules.
While the aluminium will be recycled, the remaining coffee will become compost used as fertilizer for the cultivation of rice. The obtained rice will be purchased by Nespresso, donated to the Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus and then redistributed to more than 8,800 charitable organizations.




about 100 kg of rice; economic resources during Christmas 2011; awards/products of contests organized by Nespresso.

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April 2013

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