Aluminium coffee pods upcycled into jewellery

A Hong-Kong based designer has found a brilliant new use for aluminium coffee pods, by turning them into jewellery.

Charlotte Wong Ka-man, who is a student nurse, has created Wind.n.Sand, which upcycles used aluminium capsules to make items such as key chains, hair ties and earrings.

The 25-year-old said: “I hope to use these environmentally friendly accessories to create conversations about waste reduction and recycling in Hong Kong.”

The company was founded in 2020 and around 500 pods are used every month currently.

One of the biggest producers of aluminium coffee pods, Nespresso, has its own recycling scheme around the world.

It has more than 100,000 collection points to try and make it easier for consumers to recycle their use capsules.

On their website, the company says: “Nespresso capsules are made from aluminium – the best material to protect the freshness and quality of our Grand Crus, which has the additional benefit of being infinitely recyclable. 

“Nespresso has been investing in its dedicated recycling scheme for more than 25 years.”

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