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Nespresso launches home-compostable coffee capsules

The Swiss coffee pod giant has collaborated with Huhtamäki to develop the paper-based capsules, which will launch in France and Switzerland early next year

The capsules were designed by Huhtamäki which formed an exclusive partnership with Nespresso in 2021 | Photo credit: Huhtamäki


Nespresso has partnered with sustainable packaging company Huhtamäki to create a home compostable paper-based coffee capsule. 

The Swiss coffee pod company said the capsule took three years to develop and responds to growing consumer demand for compostable packaging.  

The product will be piloted in France and Switzerland from spring 2023, before being launched in several other European countries within a year. 

Nespresso says promotes its new paper-based coffee capsules are made from wood fibre which responsibly sourced from European forests. The capsules have been independently certified by German technical certification company TÜV as home compostable and compostable in food waste collection schemes. 

“Since becoming a B Corp earlier this year, we’re more committed than ever to widening the sustainable choices we offer our consumers. We are excited to announce our first ever paper-based home compostable capsule, which will complement our offering of aluminium capsules that are both recyclable and made using 80% recycled aluminium. This is about yet another sustainable choice, without compromising on quality,” said Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO, Nespresso. 

The capsules were designed by Finnish packaging manufacturer Huhtamäki which formed an exclusive partnership with Nespresso in 2021. The Espoo-based company said the launch marks a significant development in innovation for the circular economy and a ‘leap forward for consumers around the world’. 

“We are delighted to partner with Nespresso on the home compostable paper-based capsule. Part of this breakthrough innovation is the result of combining paper pulp from wood fibre, a natural renewable material, compressing it to a coffee capsule using our high precision technology, creating another sustainable alternative for Nespresso lovers," said Charles Héaulmé, CEO, Huhtamäki. 

Nespresso announced its certification as B Corp in April 2022, having achieved a score of 84 across its global business spanning 38 markets.  

In September 2022, Swiss coffee giant Nestlé cited Nespresso coffee pod sales as a key driver of growth for its UK business in 2021. 

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