Ellie Mucke upcycled dress on display at Nespresso boutiques
Nespresso capsules are made from aluminium; an infinitely recyclable material, yet Nespresso coffee capsules are used in machines all over the world, and quite often thousands of empty capsules are discarded.
Coffee drinkers may be unaware that Nespresso offers a recycling service for Australians, by simply collecting and depositing used capsules at participating Nespresso Boutiques. To find your nearest participating recycling boutique click here. There are said to plans to expand the recycling program in 2013.
In an effort to promote and encourage Australians to recycle capsules, Nespresso launched a new initiative called Project Upcycle in July 2013.
Nespresso Project Upcycle
Nespresso's 2013 Project Upcycle collaborated with six Australian sustainable artists and designers who have been challenged to create an original art-piece made from sustainable materials, including thousands of empty and used Nespresso coffee capsules.
Representing Victoria, Melbourne based fashion designer Ellie Mücke is one of the designers challenged to create an upcycled masterpiece over a 14 day period.
Ellie Mücke, the VIC Project Upcycle ambassador, is a well-known Australian contemporary fashion designer. Ellie's goal is to utilise second-hand clothing and unique pattern-cutting techniques whilst exploring interactive and collaborative design approaches to create sustainable high street fashion.
Melburnians can see Ellie's finished upcycled masterpiece, at Nespresso Boutiques during August 2013. Ellie's beautiful dress is called "Padma Petalz", using over 2,000 hand-cut Nespresso capsules- totalling over 6,000 petals.