Nespresso has announced that it will be using responsibly-sourced aluminium, supplied by Rio Tinto, to manufacture its coffee capsules.
Under the agreement, the two companies will work together with Nespresso’s capsule manufacturers to achieve Nespresso’s target of sourcing 100% sustainable aluminium by 2020.
Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said the use of Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certified Aluminium is an important milestone towards reducing the impact that the world’s second most used base metal has on the planet.
“This as an important step towards the use of responsibly sourced aluminium across manufacturing industries, which Rio Tinto is the first to supply,” Mr Barrios added.
“We expect the demand from consumers for sustainable products to continue growing and Nespresso drinkers can have confidence the aluminium we supply for their capsules meets the highest international standards.”
Nespresso CEO Jean-Marc Duvoisin described the move as ‘a positive step’ towards creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.
“Nespresso is proud to have been a driving force in creating and implementing the ASI,” Mr Duvoisin continued.
“Together we have made responsibly-sourced aluminium a reality, and the ASI traceability mechanism will enable us to meet our commitment to customers to reduce the impact of their consumption.”
ASI CEO Fiona Solomon said the new partnership between Nespresso and Rio Tinto is a significant milestone in the journey towards seeing ASI standards adopted throughout the aluminium industry supply chain.
“Aluminium is a key part of our daily lives: from cars and planes to cell phones, buildings and food packaging. Until now, there has never been a comprehensive global standard for its responsible sourcing and production,” Ms Solomon noted.
“Now companies in the aluminium value chain who wish to demonstrate responsible practices can take the ASI standards forward to their customers, who can, in turn, be confident that this represents the highest environmental, social and governance standards.”