More than ever before, consumers are looking to make sustainable choices in their daily lives

Understanding the origin of a product, and its impact on the world around us, is becoming increasingly crucial in daily decision-making.

Leading the way with its commitment to recycling, Nespresso has partnered with Swedish lifestyle bike brand Vélosophy to produce a stylish bicycle made from recycled aluminium coffee capsules. The result is RE:CYCLE – the perfect balance between sustainability and style, designed to illustrate the potential of recyclable aluminium and motivate Nespresso fans to recycle their capsules.


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Aluminium is one of the world’s most valuable resources because it can be re-melted and re-used infinitely, allowing craftsmen to give waste a second life. Designed to highlight the potential of recycling Nespresso’s aluminium capsules, the launch of RE:CYCLE is encouraging consumers to consider how they can make a positive impact.

“Through our collaboration with Vélosophy, we’re illustrating to coffee lovers the potential of recycling their aluminium Nespresso capsules. By using recycled capsules to make beautiful bicycles, Vélosophys bring sustainability and style together to create a truly meaningful experience, bringing to life the importance of recycling,” said Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso.

Jimmy Östholm, CEO and Founder of Vélosophy said: “We created Vélosophy with a clear purpose: to have a positive impact on the world. This purpose drives everything we do, from our promise to give a bike to a schoolgirl for every Vélosophy we sell, to producing our stylish city bikes from recycled aluminium. I see in Nespresso a strong commitment to sustainability, which is why this has been the dream partnership. We are proud to have co-created a bike that takes on the future. It is beautifully designed, responsibly sourced and sustainably produced.”

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The limited edition Vélosophy RE:CYCLE bike is an icon of circular economy design. Created for conscious-living coffee lovers using the aluminium from recycled Nespresso capsules, Vélosophy have re-imagined their classic model in bright purple in a nod to Nespresso’s popular Arpeggio coffee. RE:CYCLE will delight Nespresso fans with its capsule-shaped bell and cup-holder basket giving them the chance to enjoy their favourite drink on the go.

1 000 RE:CYCLE

1 000 RE:CYCLE bikes are available exclusively from Vélosophy’s ecommerce platform, priced at R21 930 (exchange-rate dependent), excluding shipping.

Vélosophy is the only bicycle brand in the world with a full one-for-one promise and for every RE:CYCLE bike created by Vélosophy in partnership with Nespresso, another bike will be donated to a girl through World Bicycle Relief.

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Nespresso aluminium capsules are fully recyclable – including the coffee grounds. Nespresso opened its first recycling scheme in Switzerland in 1991 and invests over R500-million a year in the program. Today the scheme is available in more than 53 countries and gives coffee lovers a range of options for convenient recycling of their used capsules, from a network of more than 100 000 drop-off points to door-step collections and mail-back schemes.

Locally, Nespresso capsules can be returned for recycling at dedicated collection points throughout the network of Nespresso Boutiques and Booths in South Africa.


In line with global Ecolaboration standards, Nespresso has developed a customised aluminium separation machine that is used to recycle used Nespresso capsules at local recycling partner Oricol’s facility in Johannesburg. Once separated, the aluminium undergoes a further recycling process at a nearby steel smelter where it is reused to make new aluminium products while the coffee grounds are composted to produce a very high-quality fertiliser for organic farming purposes.

Visit your nearest Nespresso Boutique or Booth or contact the Nespresso Club on 0800 63 7773 for more information and to see what other second-life products are on offer.

A stylish bicycle made from recycled aluminium coffee capsules.

About Nestlé Nespresso SA

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned coffee.  The company works with more than 100,000 farmers in 12 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and the surrounding landscapes.  Launched in 2003 in collaboration with The Rainforest Alliance, the program helps to improve the yield and quality of harvests, ensuring a sustainable supply of high quality coffee and improving livelihoods of farmers and their communities.

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 80 countries and has 13,600 employees. In 2018, it operated a global retail network of approximately 800 boutiques. For more information, visit the Nespresso corporate website:

About Vélosophy

nespresso capsules bicycle eco balance lifestyle 6Vélosophy is a Swedish bicycle and lifestyle brand. Founded in Stockholm in 2015, it is the only bicycle brand in the world with a one for one promise – supporting young schoolgirls in Ghana by donating a bicycle for every Vélosophy sold.

We aim to be the first choice for any urban cyclist looking for aesthetic and well-designed bicycles and accessories. As part of that ambition we produce all of our bicycles using recycled aluminium, one of the world’s most sustainable and high-performing materials. We collaborate with some of the best and most innovative lifestyle brands to design and develop smart, good looking and meaningful products. Products with social impact that support a healthy lifestyle and are manufactured with future generations in mind.

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