Former Nespresso boss warns coffee pods are killing environment

Last Modified: Mon Sep 26 2016 06:25:41 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2006
    year when George Clooney became the face of Nespresso's coffee pods. It spelt the beginning of a worldwide love affair with the product that allowed people to brew espresso at home with the touch of a button.
  • $17 billion
    The global market for fresh ground coffee pods in 2015, up from $7 billion in 2010.
  • 27 billion
    + capsules sold by Nespresso worldwide as of 2012. Billions of coffee pods are pouring into landfills each year.
  • 150 - 500 years
    that is needed for the aluminium and plastic capsules to break down. Since the pods aren't biodegradable, local councils won't recycle them, which means that convenient morning coffee is turning into an environmental disaster.