ETNA coffee machines are designed with minimum environmental impact in mind, from the selection of raw materials to assembly. For this, understanding the sustainability and life cycle of a coffee machine is essential. Our products’ material passports provide valuable insights into their environmental impact and sustainability. In this interview with Ben Welleweerd, ETNA’s product manager, we dive into ETNA's efforts to create more sustainable and recyclable products.

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SHORT INTRODUCTION OF BEN

We will begin the interview with Ben introducing himself: "I am Ben Welleweerd, product manager at ETNA Coffee Technologies. I am responsible for developing our product strategies, defining product positioning and driving product developments with a strong focus on sustainability."

WHAT IS A MATERIAL PASSPORT?

"Material passports serve as a comprehensive guide to the materials used in our products and provide essential information that helps with recycling."
Ben explains: "At ETNA, recyclability is an important focus point. That is why we have material passports for our coffee machines. A material passport lists all the materials used in a specific coffee machine, broken down by weight percentages. This overview provides insight into the recyclability of the materials used for the various components. Such transparency helps consumers make more informed decisions about their appliances’ environmental impact and sustainability."

The interview continues by asking how the coffee machines should be recycled. Ben says: "We encourage customers to use our recycling programme." He adds: "Our goal is to reachat least 95% recyclability. We take the recyclability of components into account from the design phase onwards. We try to inextricably connect different materials as little as possible. This policy allows our machines to achieve our currently very high recyclability rate of between 95.2 and 97.2%."
 

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WHAT STEPS IS ETNA TAKING TO FURTHER DEVELOP THE RECYCLABILITY OF ITS COFFEE MACHINES?

Ben highlights ETNA's commitment to continuously improving its business. "By providing insight into the use of materials in the material passports, we can further optimise our products by designing them in smarter ways. This allows us to quickly see what changes in material use have an impact on the recyclability of our coffee machines.”

Does ETNA use recycled components in its machines and if so, which ones? 

"Absolutely," Ben confirms. "We prioritise the use of recyclable materials where possible. This includes recycled plastics for certain parts of the outer case and aluminium for the brewing components.”
We conclude the interview with Ben explaining how ETNA coffee machines can be recycled properly, and what happens after that: "To properly recycle our coffee machines at the end of their life cycle, it is important to bring them to certified recyclers. End users can return their coffee machine to our dealers, who then offer them to various certified recycling companies. This way, the materials get a second life!"
 

CERTIFIED RECYCLING COMPANIES

Stichting OPEN
ETNA is a member of the Dutch OPEN foundation (Stichting OPEN). A disposal fee is paid for each machine. This allows all ETNA machines to be recycled properly, free of charge to the customer. Stichting OPEN ensures a sustainable and environmentally conscious disposal of discarded electrical appliances. After collection, the sorting of electrical appliances takes place. Some appliances are dismantled manually which allows for reuse or better recycling. This is done, where possible, by people who have difficulty entering the labour market. The e-waste is then processed in the best possible way by CENELEC-certified processors. Environmentally hazardous substances such as batteries and capacitors are also removed. The collected appliances are all recycled into new raw materials. For more information about Stichting OPEN, please refer to: www.stichting-open.org


WEEE NEDERLAND B.V.
ETNA is also a member of WEEE Nederland B.V. This is, especially in Germany, an important collection and recycling platform.
WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. WEEE is the common name for the European directive that regulates the collection and recycling of this waste stream. For more information about WEEE, go to www.weee.nl
 

Conclusion

Publishing a material passport provides access to the full life cycle of a coffee machine, from its assembly and origin to its recyclability and disposal. This transparency allows consumers to make informed decisions and promotes a circular economy through the use of sustainable materials and efficient waste management.

The insights into the environmental impact of these devices highlight the broader implications of our choices in technology and consumer goods. By choosing products with a clear and responsible material passport, we support the conservation of natural resources and the movement towards a more sustainable world. 

The material passports of ETNA coffee machines are available upon request. Please send an email to marketing@etna-ct.com or ask your ETNA dealer for more information. More information on ETNA's sustainability vision can be found in the ETNA Sustainability Report.
 

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