Upcycling: this bicycle started life as a load of old Nespresso pods

Swedish bike brand Vélosophy turns old aluminium coffee capsules into bikes

Nespresso Vélosophy bike
(Image credit: Vélosophy / Nespresso)

Nespresso has partnered with Swedish lifestyle bike brand Vélosophy to produce a bicycle made from recycled aluminium coffee capsules. The result is RE:CYCLE which Nespresso says is a perfect balance of sustainability and style, designed to show the potential of recyclable aluminium and to encourage Nespresso users to recycle their capsules.

Aluminium is one of the world’s most valuable resources and it can be re-used infinitely, allowing craftsmen to give waste metal a second life, and the launch of RE:CYCLE is designed to highlight the potential of recycling Nespresso's aluminium capsules.

Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso, said: "Through our collaboration with Vélosophy, we’re illustrating to coffee lovers the potential of recycling their aluminium Nespresso capsules. By using recycled capsules to make beautiful bicycles, Vélosophy bring sustainability and style together to create a truly meaningful experience, bringing to life the importance of recycling."

For the limited edition Vélosophy RE:CYCLE bike Vélosophy has re-imagined its classic model in bright purple in a nod to Nespresso’s Arpeggio coffee. RE:CYCLE also features a capsule-shaped bell and cup-holder basket giving riders the chance to enjoy a coffee on the go.

Vélosophy also has a full one-for-one promise: for every bike it sells or rent out, another is given to a schoolgirl in Africa to improve her access to education. For every RE:CYCLE bike created by Vélosophy in partnership with Nespresso, another bike will be donated to a girl through World Bicycle Relief.

1000 RE:CYCLE bikes are available exclusively from velosophy.cc, priced at £1,189 plus shipping.

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Paul Douglas
Global Digital Editorial Strategy Director, Future

Paul Douglas is Global Digital Editorial Strategy Director at Future and has worked in publishing for over 25 years. He worked in print for over 10 years on various computing titles including .net magazine and the Official Windows Magazine before moving to TechRadar.com in 2008, eventually becoming Global Editor-in-Chief for the brand, overseeing teams in the US, UK and Australia. Following that, Paul has been Global Editor-in-Chief of BikeRadar and T3 (not at the same time) and later Content Director working on T3, TechRadar and Tom's Guide. In 2021, Paul also worked on the launches of FitandWell.com and PetsRadar.