Sainsbury’s switch to aluminium for coffee pods

Sainsbury’s announced it has changed its entire coffee pod range from plastic to aluminium pods, allowing customers to recycle them at home. 

The new aluminium packaging means the range is now fully recyclable and will help to save over 10 million pieces of plastic each year.

The change is across the whole Sainsbury’s coffee pod range, helping customers up and down the country to recycle more at home.

The move comes after Sainsbury’s was the first UK retailer to label its own-brand aluminium coffee pods as recyclable last year – before this it was widely believed that aluminium coffee pods were too small to be recycled at kerbside and needed to be recycled via specialist collection schemes. 

The roll out of the packaging change across Sainsbury’s entire coffee pod range this month means that more people than ever can recycle their coffee pods at home.

To recycle, all customers need to do is empty the pods with a teaspoon, rinse them, and simply place in their usual kerbside recycling. 

Alternatively, they can purchase a Dualit EcoPress from Sainsbury’s in store or online. The device is an easy way to ensure that coffee is separated and removed from the aluminium, and ready to be recycled. Whilst not essential, the EcoPress makes it quicker and easier – helping more people to recycle.

Sainsbury’s has also reduced the amount of cardboard across the range by over 20%, through changes to the box packaging as well as the cases the products are transported in.

The extensive variety of aluminium pods in the range means there is something for everyone! From blonde inspired trends featured in the Signature Light Roast coffee, to short-shot Ristretto coffee – Sainsbury’s is helping coffee lovers reduce their plastic waste, one pod at a time. The aluminium pods can be purchased in both packs of 10 and 30 pods.

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