Nespresso Coffee: Project Upcycle Artwork

Nespresso’s Project Upcycle has commissioned six leading Australian sustainable designers to create original artwork made entirely from sustainable materials, including Nespresso coffee capsules as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability.

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Ecolaboration 2013 by John Dahlsen

The artists have since completed the two week challenge and their artwork will be on display in the states’ respective Nespresso Boutiques for the month of August.

At the media briefing held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, five artworks were featured, each highlighting the artist’s individual style and creativity using the aluminium capsules.

Ecolaboration 2013 by John Dahlsen (NSW) takes its inspiration from the Australian landscape. Entombed by Holloway Eyewear (QLD) reflects the artists’ creativity in designing eyewear and watches using recyclable materials.

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Entombed by Holloway Eyewear

In Motion & Full Circle by Alice Sutton (ACT) was inspired by the shape of the Nespresso capsule and the use of merino wool and bamboo materials in the fabric. The capsules were stacked together to create a weight and inserted into the hem of the dress and cape as well as forming a necklace.

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In Motion & Full Circle by Alice Sutton

Other artwork pieces include Padma Petalz by Ellie Mucke (VIC), Capsule Lifecycle by Katrina Freene (SA) and Pangolin by Sean E Avery (WA) which was inspired by the mammal, Pangolin and its keratin scales.

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Padma Petalz by Ellie Mucke

At the end of Project Upcycle, the six artworks will be donated to the artist or designer’s chosen charity.

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Pangolin by Sean E Avery

Nespresso’s Ecolaboration program has recently announced the ahead-of-schedule achievement of its sustainability targets: 80% of Nespresso coffee is now sourced from its AAA Program, it now has the capacity to recycle 75% of used Nespresso capsules, and the carbon footprint per cup of Nespresso coffee has been reduced by 20 %.

All Australia-wide Nespresso Boutiques now have dedicated recycling collections. The aluminium from the capsules is melted then reused and the coffee is extracted to go into organic compost farming.

To see the artwork, visit a Nespresso Boutique during the month of August. More information is available from the website below.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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