The Milanese social cooperative Il Giardinone has created in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano Coffee from,
a new bio-based material made from recycled coffee grounds of industrial origin. A project that perfectly combines sustainability, versatility and innovation, while always retaining the characteristics and taste of a drink with a thousand-year history. Let’s see the details of this project below 100% made in Italy.
Coffee: here are some facts
Every year in the world they are produced approximately 9.5 tons of coffee and they consume approx 660 billion copper. They are derived from the processing 20 million tonnes of wet dust partially exhausted which is generally considered to be waste and therefore discarded. For some time now, though, considering circular economy, there is a tendency to give new life to this material. And that was exactly what the cooperative did, with the creation of one coffee cup that comes from coffee.
To convert unused waste into virgin material
The idea on which the Coffeefrom project is based is precisely this, namely to transform the waste that would otherwise be thrown away into a virgin and versatile material, to be used to create new cups, which keep the taste unchanged.
Goals for the future
Laura Gallo, chairman of the cooperative, comments on the project as follows: “Today, the proportion of coffee grounds in the Coffeefrom material as well as in each cup is about 15%, the goal is to significantly increase it, to use as much depleted organic material as possible, and thus replace the use of raw materials that would otherwise come from the other side of the earth “.
A project that is not only environmental but also social
Coffeefrom pays special attention not only to resource optimization but also to social, which offers new job opportunities for marginalized individuals, as explained by the chairman of the cooperative: “We work to restore dignity through work to people who can not find other integration solutions”. He continues: “The results are very interesting and there is also another line of research in the start-up phase. But I think the most important aspect of what we achieve is this process of contamination between supply chains and the introduction of social and environmental issues in their practice “.
by Letizia del Nero