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Introducing our Brown Colour Capsules

From September 2019, NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® began progressively changing the colour of the plastic used for our roast and ground coffee capsules from black to brown.

Why such a change?

Global production of plastics increased from 2 million tons annually in 1950 to over 300 million tons in 2018. Much of this is plastic packaging for food and beverages and ends up in the natural environment, particularly in rivers and oceans causing significant harm to ecosystems.

Portioned coffee, like our capsules, prevents waste through using only the exact amount of coffee, water and energy required to brew each cup (compared to filter and barista coffee). However, the packaging used for capsules, the capsules itself, and their disposal must be made more sustainable.

As part of a global initiative, NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® have changed the colour of our capsules from black to brown. In some NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® markets around the world, changing the capsules from black to brown makes it much easier to recycle the plastics into new products. This is because the carbon black pigment that is used to make plastic packaging black, is light-absorbing, meaning the Near Infra-Red detection technology used in Material Recovery Facilities worldwide, is unable to detect the type of plastic. As a result, often highly recyclable plastics end up being sent to landfill. This colour change is therefore an important step for NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® as a global brand, to deliver a significant increase in capsule recovery and recycling rates around the world.

In Australia, this colour change has no real impact on the recyclability of your NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® capsules, as our recycling partner TerraCycle® is able to collect, sort, process and recycle the capsules, no matter the colour. Click here for more information on our recycling program, and learn how you can sign up to start recycling your capsules today.

Whilst the colour is changing, there has been no changes to the coffee itself. It’s still the same taste and quality that you love. The capsules have just had a small makeover for the good of the global environment.

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As a Nestlé brand, NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® is strongly committed to minimising our impact on the natural environment, including ensuring the correct disposal of our plastic packaging.
Our ambition is that 100% of our coffee capsules and portion packs will be recyclable or compostable by 2025. None of our used coffee capsules should end up in landfill or as litter. We are working towards this ambition in three ways:

NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® is part of the NESCAFÉ® Plan, focusing on developing responsibly grown coffee and improving farmers' livelihoods by helping them achieve higher yields and improve coffee quality. By the end of 2018, 86% of NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® coffee was sourced responsibly and we're aiming for more.


NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® is changing the colour of its roast and ground coffee capsules from black to brown. Globally, this achieves a higher sorting accuracy and better recyclability where facilities allow.


It is our shared responsibility that no used capsules end up in landfill or as litter. Working with TerraCycle®, we currently have 213 community collection hubs for used capsules across Australia and New Zealand. TerraCycle can then recycle these capsules into products such as park benches and playgrounds. Click here to find a collection hub near you.

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