Victorinox Makes Swiss Army Knives From Old Coffee Pods
Stay on target Researchers Use Rats to Find Out Why Coffee Makes Us PoopStarbucks Will Test ‘Greener,’ Recyclable Cups in Stores Soon More than 75 million homes have a single-cup brewing machine. They’re convenient, sure, but they also generate an estimated ten times as much waste as traditional coffee makers.Billions of Keurig’s K-Cups, Tassimo Pods, and Nespresso capsules get used up every year. Thankfully, there’s been an increased focus on sustainability from these companies recently. Nespresso, for one, started shipping pre-paid recycling bags to its customers in the EU last year. The program has been very well received, and Nespresso decided to get creative to trumpet its success.They teamed up with the legendary knifemakers at Victorinox to produce a limited edition Swiss Army knife. The company calls it “a bit of Swiss recycling history,” and it’s fitting that they chose to create a new member of their Pioneer line with this pioneering project.Like K-Cups, Nespresso capsules are made from aluminum. Each Pioneer Nespresso Livitano knife contains aluminum from two dozen spent capsules, which gets melted down and cast to form the Alox scales on the sides of the knife.It’s going to take a whole lotta knives to make a dent in the billions of aluminum single-cup containers consumers are burning through each year, but every little bit helps. Now that Nespresso and Victorinox have shown that the recycled material can meet the knifemaker’s rigid quality standards, perhaps other companies will be willing to follow their lead.In the meantime, you can always re-purpose your single-serve waste into things like tiny leprechaun hats for your St. Paddy’s day festivities or seed starters.