In The News: Swedish Start-Up Makes Bicycle Out Of Nespresso Coffee Pods

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In The News: Swedish Start-Up Makes Bicycle Out Of Nespresso Coffee Pods

We stumbled upon a bike fueled by caffeine. Well, kind of. Swedish start-up Vélosophy has created a bike made out of recycled Nespresso single-use coffee pods. The effort, RE:CYCLE, is led by Jimmy Östholm, a former IKEA communications manager.

It turns out 56 billion (yes, with a “b”) single-use coffee pods end up in a landfill each year. The RE:CYCLE bike takes 300 of those and transforms them into an entirely new product. RE:CYCLE developed a technology to take Nespresso pods, which have a certain level of aluminum in them, and manipulate them in a way that hardened the material to make it safe as a bike frame.

“It was not rocket science in any sense. It just took some time,” Östholm tells Quartz.

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