Nespresso To Use Responsibly Sourced Aluminum From Rio Tinto In Coffee Capsules

Posted On: 11/27/2018

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SWITZERLAND, Lausanne -- Nespresso said it will become the first company to use responsibly sourced aluminum, supplied by Rio Tinto, to produce its coffee capsules.
 
The two companies will work together with Nespresso's capsule manufacturers to fulfill a commitment of sourcing 100% sustainable aluminum by 2020.
 
The use of Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certified Aluminum is a significant milestone towards reducing the impact that the world's second most used base metal has on the planet. ASI sets out standards to promote the protection of biodiversity, respect for indigenous people's rights, water management and low-carbon emissions during the production of aluminum.
 
The ASI's Chain of Custody Standard creates a traceability mechanism, so that end-users like Nespresso can be sure that the aluminum they buy has been manufactured by ASI-Certified producers at each stage of the process. The standard is the first of its kind for any industrial metal.
 
"Aluminum 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," said ASI chief executive Fiona Solomon. "Now companies in the aluminum 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."