From coffee grounds
Coffee grounds in a circular economy
As the world’s largest coffee grounds recycler, the British company bio-bean is trying to put the hundreds of thousands of tons of coffee grounds to new use. Usually, the used coffee beans end up in a landfill, but there they emit harmful greenhouse gases like methane. In order to enable industrial recycling of this waste, bio-bean is divided into the following areas: “Renewals” deals with the waste separation of coffee grounds from companies: The aim is to separate the coffee grounds from the rest of the waste in order to lower the disposal weight for companies and reduce the associated costs.
The “Naturals” division processes coffee grounds into flavorings for use in other foods and beverages. The natural extracts offer, above all, improved environmental performance with a unique taste. bio-beans “Elements” includes heating briquettes obtained from recycling, which are used as an efficient and cost-effective bio-fuel. They burn 20% hotter and longer than traditional wood briquettes without leaving a carbon-heavy footprint. Furthermore, they promise to be durable, robust and leak-proof.
bio-bean Ltd. is now being taken over by Envar Composting Ltd.
Product name: Bio-Beans
Manufacturer: Envar Composting Ltd
Project status: Concept // Prototype // Ready for market // Ready for series production
Source: Peters, Sascha; Drewes, Diana: Materials in Progress. Innovations for Designers and Architects, Basel 2019, p. 66.
Image source: Envar Composting Ltd Limited