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Why do we say that coffee waste is such a big problem? Because more than 50% of the fruit is discarded! As a result of its high caffeine content, the pulp, mucilage, and husks frequently end up in landfill, where they can cause contamination of the land around them. The good news is that there is a rising interest in making the coffee industry more sustainable.

Coffee Waste Innovation

Coffee waste innovation is thriving! Finding value in coffee waste has stimulated creative thinking and spurred entrepreneurs to develop eco-friendly, valuable products. Globally, there are many companies working to increase the sustainability of coffee production, as well as the excellent growth of coffee recycling projects. In exciting new ways, these companies are solving global problems by producing valuable products from coffee waste.

Our Top 4 Coffee Waste Products

From this burgeoning industry, we've selected our four favourite developers of coffee by-products. These companies are all working hard to create products that offer meaningful solutions to global issues using coffee waste. Through companies like these, by-products of coffee are set to become as popular as coffee itself in the very near future.

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. What an incredible solution to the need for affordable housing and reducing waste in a country where coffee is an important crop.

05 these houses are made from coffee waste

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. They have developed a broad spectrum of sustainable product solutions for both consumers and industry. 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.

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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. Without a practical use for this waste, it would be burned. Instead, Husk produces beautiful, practical objects by combining natural household waste with a nontoxic resin. We are certainly looking forward to getting some of these in our office!

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Last up in our current favourites is GroCycle. This 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. That’s efficient farming!

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We love to see the inspirational ways these businesses are recycling coffee waste and reducing landfill. Get in the Mood Coffee is committed to promoting a culture of environmental awareness across everything we do. An example of this is our pulp coffee-coasters, which are made from an FSC approved source, printed with food standards approved ink and are reusable and recyclable! We can’t fix everything but we are committed to taking steps forward whenever we can.

Updated from an original article from 25/3/2021.