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by EricaL (subscribe)
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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 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.

Ellie Mucke Project Upcycled
Stitching Upcycle Nespresso Project


Nespresso Project Upcycle
Ellie Mucke Padma Petalz


Ellie's spectacular artwork will be on display at the following Nespresso boutiques in August 2013:

Nespresso Project Upcycle Display
Nespresso Project Upcycle Dress Display


Nespresso Doncaster Boutique
Westfield Doncaster, Shop 1145, Doncaster
29th July – 4th August 2013

Nespresso Chadstone Boutique
Chadstone Shopping Centre, Shop 352, Ground Floor, Chadstone
5th August – 18th August 2013

Nespresso Melbourne Boutique
247 Collins Street, Melbourne
19th August – 1st September 2013

All of the artworks involved in Project Upcycle will be donated to the artist or designer's charity of choice after the project.

For more information on Project Upcycle, go to Nespresso's relevant webpage. And to view more amazing photographs of Ellie's dress in the making, click here.
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Why? Upcycled Art Display
When: From 29th July - 1st September
Where: Nespresso Boutique's Doncaster, Chadstone, Melbourne (see article for details)
Cost: Free
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I saw this at Doncaster on Monday - fabulous!
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