Nespresso and Elisava give second life to aluminium capsules

Nespresso and Elisava, Faculty of Design and Engineering of Barcelona, have collaborated on a project to make use of the coffee brand’s recycled aluminium capsules.

This project, which initially challenged students working with the recycled aluminium of the capsules to give them a second life, has been carried out through an Elisava Innovation Lab with a team of 11 students from the Master’s in Product Design, the Degree in Design and the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering of Elisava.

“Internationally, we have already developed different objects from recycled aluminium such as the Victorinox knife, the Caran D’Ache ballpoint pen or the Vélosophy bicycle,” said Claudia Ayats, marketing director of Nespresso Spain.

“This time, we wanted to promote it among young local designers since Nespresso has been supporting young talent for years with its Nespresso Talents program, focused on the world of art and design. 

“To carry out this project in Spain, it has been essential to find a partner like Elisava with whom we share values such as sustainability, quality and commitment to excellence. 

“After months of work, we have made the sustainability of the aluminium in our capsules palpable and its infinite recyclability when it comes to transforming it into new objects, once it is recycled, counting on the talent and imagination of young creators.”

Luis Eslava, head of the Product Mention of the Degree in Design at Elisava and Responsible for the project, said: “Design is a key tool to respond to current challenges. It represents a great opportunity for students to work on a real challenge launched by a leading company, developing an innovative project where creativity, design, and sustainability are the main protagonists.”

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