MEDIA COMMENT: Don’t post your coffee pods, buy Oxfam’s biodegradable Fairtrade product instead

Fair Trade & Workers Rights, General, GROW, Media Releases, News, Shops & Fundraising article written on the 05 Sep 2016

Responding to reports that Nespresso® enlisted Australia Post to enable people to recycle their aluminium coffee pods via the mail, Oxfam Australia General Manager Julia Sumner said:

“We encourage consumers to think about the excessive cost and negative environmental impacts of buying aluminium coffee pods which cannot be recycled using a curb-side recycling program but need to be recycled via post.

“Why not make a smarter decision at the checkout and buy Oxfam fair Coffee Capsules – a range of coffee pods that not only reduce the environmental and waste impacts often associated with capsules, but also are Fairtrade certified and organic.

“While most other brands use full aluminium capsules, Oxfam’s high quality range is made using biodegradable plastic, meaning that even if the capsules are not recycled they will naturally break down in landfill.

“Oxfam fair Coffee Capsules provide Australian shoppers a convenient, ethical and environmentally friendly and affordable option in the market which also taste delicious.

“The capsules are compatible with Nespresso®* coffee machines and are locally roasted in Victoria and range from a #5 medium roast with a smooth finish through to a #10 dark roast with a rich finish and a #12 intense roast with a full-bodied finish.

“Capsules are available in packs of 10 for $6.95 or further discounted in bulk packs of 60 capsules for $40.00, that’s just 66 cents for a delicious cup of organic coffee.

“By drinking Oxfam Fair Coffee Capsules Australians also get to be part of a movement for global change, our Fairtrade and certified organic coffee has been sourced from the cooperatives in Peru, PNG and Mexico.

“Purchases of the product support Oxfam’s goal of delivering a future free from poverty and ensure farmers and producers around the world are working under fair conditions and that funds are provided for community development projects.

“Oxfam fair Coffee Capsules are available from Oxfam Shops across Australia and online.”

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