Artist Red Hong Yi Uses 24,000 Recycled Nespresso Capsules To Create A Kaleidoscope

Positioning sustainability first, Red Hong Yi gives a second life to used Nespresso pods in her art installation titled ‘Doing is Everything.’
Tuesday 13 April 2021
“We play a role in making a difference for our planet, through small improvements in our everyday actions to step closer towards sustainability” – Red Hong Yi

Nespresso together with contemporary artist Red Hong Yi recently unveiled an art installation themed ‘Doing is Everything,’ at the Nespresso boutique in The Gardens Mall. Sustainability and second life was the core of the collaboration that aims to highlight the importance of recycling, and that everyone can do their part to create a positive impact on the environment.


Nespresso aluminium coffee capsules can be recycled infinitely to give it a second life and reduce waste.


Floriane Novello, Business Executive Officer of Nespresso Malaysia said, “Sustainability is rooted in the heart of everything we do at Nespresso…We are happy to work with Red on this collaboration to share the message towards sustainability and recycling. It is absolutely admirable that she brought to life this message through her artwork. Through this collaboration, we hope for everyone to join us in the journey to reduce, reuse and recycle while enjoying our finest coffees.”


Artist Red Hong Yi together with her artwork ‘Kaleidoscope’, reminding us that doing is everything for a sustainable future.



The Kaleidoscope installation housed at Nespresso The Gardens Mall outlet is placed in the window display for customers to have a glimpse of the artwork. The artwork is made up of seven mirrored panels that reflect the phrase ‘ Doing is Everything,’ created using 24,000 pieces of used Nespresso capsules. The Kaleidoscope weighs in at 70 kg and sits at a height of 1.46m. The installation embodies the continuous act of recycling while displaying the beautiful rich colours of Nespresso aluminium capsules.



(From left) Floraine Novello and Red Hong Yi with the artwork ‘Kaleidoscope’, encouraging us to reduce, reuse and recycle with every cup of coffee.


“I am honoured by the opportunity to work with Nespresso, a brand that continuously encourages consumers to recycle, giving items a second life. I would say this experience is a unique one, as I breathe new meaning into ‘second life’ by recycling used Nespresso aluminium capsules into a work of art. I believe that we each play a role in making a difference for our planet, and through small improvements in our everyday actions we are certainly one step closer towards sustainability,” said Red Hong Yi. 



Using 24,000 pieces of used Nespresso capsules, Red masterfully position each capsule to mirror the Kaleidoscope effect and bringing to life the rich colours of Nespresso capsules



The ‘Kaleidoscope’ art installation is on display at the Nespresso Boutique in The Gardens Mall from 8 April 2021. An art exhibition will be held at South Palm, The Gardens from 9 to 18 April 2021 showcasing Red Hong Yi’s inspiration and her work behind the scenes of ‘Doing is Everything’. 


To date, Nespresso has reached a global recycling rate of 30% . By the end of 2021, Nespresso aims to have the full original line of coffee capsules made using recycled aluminium, and have all machines sold in the packaging made with 95% recycled material.