Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world (and our favourite, of course!) but coffee by-products are quickly becoming more popular than coffee itself.
Did you know that more than 50% of the coffee fruit is typically discarded? The pulp, mucilage, and husks often ends up as landfill, causing – thanks to the high caffeine content – pollution of the nearby land.
Thankfully there are many innovative companies across the world who are producing valuable products from coffee waste and today we take a look at some of these initiatives.
Let's start with Woodpecker, a Bogota-based company, has found a new use for husks, combining them with recycled plastic to create a new material. They use the lightweight, strong material to make the walls of its prefab houses, which cost as little as $4,500. “Coffee husk was selected because it’s stronger and drier than the other fibers,” says CEO Alejandro Franco. It’s also widely available in Colombia, one of the largest coffee-producing countries in the world. The final material is fireproof, durable, and resists insects.
bio-bean, is the world’s largest recycler of coffee grounds. Over the years they’ve developed proprietary technologies to process and recycle spent coffee grounds into a broad spectrum of sustainable product solutions, both consumer and industrial. We personally love their Coffee Logs: burning 20% hotter and longer than kiln-dried wood, Coffee Logs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the heavy carbon footprint created by coal.
Husk is a family run business based in West Sussex. They use agricultural waste, such as coffee husk and chaff, mixed with plant fibres to create the advanced biodegradable composite that forms their design-led, pots, planters, vases and more. This natural waste would be burnt if not used for a functional purpose, instead, they mix it with a non-toxic resin to create beautiful products.
GroCycle is a social enterprise based in the UK and they’ve been growing mushrooms in coffee grounds since 2011. They offer a range of mushroom growing courses and mushroom growing kits. Since 2011, they’ve recycled more than 75,000 kg. of coffee grounds and turned them into more than 20 tonnes of mushrooms.
We committed to promoting a culture of environmental awareness across everything we do. An example are our pulp coffee-coasters, which are made from an FSC approved source, printed with food standards approved ink and are reusable and recyclable! Coffee works wonders for the environment – as well as yourself!