Meet palm oil’s new sustainable, zero waste competitor: used coffee grounds

Meet palm oil’s new sustainable, zero waste competitor: used coffee grounds

A duo of Scottish businessmen has developed a means to extract oil from used coffee grounds which could see the biproduct of our global flat white addiction replace palm oil in household and personal care products, according to a report published by the BBC.

“About 60 percent of a café’s waste is about coffee grounds,” Fergus Moore, one half of the entrepreneurial team told the BBC. “In Scotland, that amounts to about 40,000 tonnes a year – across the UK more than half a million tonnes.

“There are oils in coffee with a wide range of uses in different industries – cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, household products – you name it, there’s probably a use there.”

Revive Eco, as the company is known, has been granted £235,000 pot to develop a process to extract and purify the oils from coffee grounds by Zero Waste Scotland and are aiming to be operational by summer 2020.

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