3D Printing With Coffee Grounds

Coffee Grounds as a 3D Printing Material – Millions of tons of coffee grounds are generated annually globally. With the growing interest of upcycling and reusing the bi-product, numerous innovative concepts and projects have been in research. Michael Rivera and his team have developed a process on how to recover spent coffee grounds from local coffee shops and convert them into a material[...]

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Eggshell Ceramic

The Unique and Handmade Nutrient Rich Plate – 10 billion eggs a year are produced in the Netherlands, making the country the largest egg exporter in the world. An egg produces a valuable material which is often seen as waste; its shell. These shells, however, are nutrient rich and can be used in agriculture to greatly benefit the soil. Eggshell Ceramic is[...]

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The Good Cup™

A Sustainable Multi-Purpose Paper Cup – An alternative to wood based paper cups, The Good Cup™’s smart foldable design can seal tiself tightly and eliminate the need for a lid. Whether containing liquids or solid foods, the cup form can be adjusted to fit the needs of its content. Made in partnership with EnvoPAP, the paper is made of discarded[...]

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Styrofoam® Ccycled™ coolers

– – Fish boxes made of expandable polystyrene (EPS) – also known as Styropor® – are an important packaging product that optimally protect the product during transport and ensure the cold chain. With its Styropor® Ccycled™ material, BASF provides the basic material for a more sustainable alternative to conventional boxes made purely from virgin plastic.[...]

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Fiber Thermoforming

Customized packaging from natural fibers – Molded fiber sustainable packaging solutions have many advantages. They provide optimal product protection, are shock absorbent, resistant, volume reducing and biodegradable. By recycling waste paper or using renewable raw materials, their carbon footprint is small. Furthermore, an individual product design up to complex packaging forms can be realized, which can be refined in many[...]

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Organic Composite-
material from pine needles
– The ‘Cheer Project’ is pine needle research that developed the abundant, mostly unwanted material into a 100% bio-based, recyclable and compostable bio-composite material. Through a holistic approach, the Cheer Project’s production process unleashes the dormant potential of pine needles while empowering local communities by creating livelihood opportunities for them. The raw material is sourced[...]

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Zero economy meal tray

Packaging concept for flight catering – As part of the research project “Get Onboard: Reduce. Reuse. Rethink.” developed solutions for the waste generated by air travel – as much as 5.7 million tons of cabin waste per year. The results of the agency, which specializes in the transport sector, were presented in 2019. The solutions developed focus on in-flight catering.[...]

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Secondary packaging from spent grains – TREBODUR is produced exclusively from spent grains, a waste product of beer production. The proteins contained bind the brewing residues to form a homogeneous woody material. Therefore, it is ideal for short-lived products, such as disposable packaging, which can be composted very well (even in home composting systems). The proteins contained in the residues[...]

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Compostable can ring – The E6PR™ is an innovative six-pack ring that replaces traditional plastic rings on can multipacks. The ring, made from by-product waste and other compostable materials, decomposes within a few days or weeks, depending on its environment. The start-up was created by the merger of several companies that want to put an end to environmental[...]

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Material from chitin and coffee grounds – Tômtex makes vegan leather from seafood waste and used coffee grounds. Seafood shells contain a large amount of chitin, which promotes biodegradability of the material. After preparation, the raw materials are refined with a layer of beeswax. Sealing ensures the water resistance of the material and allows individual surface texture. This allows design patterns[...]

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That’s Caffeine

Furnishings from recycled coffee scraps – Atticus Durnell recycles coffee scraps by making furnishings such as lamps, plates and even tiles from them. By pressing these remains with resin, completely biodegradable products succeed. Subsequent sealing provides individual color in addition to water and temperature resistance. The idea of the Briton gives the previously unused waste a new functionality and thus[...]

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Highlight Hemp

Luminaires from ecological remains – High Society Studio 5-piece lamp collection is produced exclusively from ecological leftovers. Materials are sourced from regional small businesses and processed using renewable energy. In the process, lights are created from hemp, tobacco, leftovers from viticulture or from hops as well as coffee residues. The Italian products are biodegradable and can easily be returned[...]

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