Recycled coffee-based polymer composite
Nearly half the biomass of coffee cherries, which are processed to make coffee beans, is discarded as waste. Although various methods to reuse coffee grounds exist, such as composting or converting coffee wastewater into energy, much of this waste goes to landfills.
Çurface is an innovative material developed by UK-based Re-worked and Smile Plastics that incorporates at least 40 percent recycled coffee grounds in combination with either bioresin or recycled plastic. The material has a richly toned, smooth surface and has the strength and durability of hardwood. Çurface is made to order either as a panel product or in bespoke moldings and is suitable for a range of applications, including appliance surrounds and tabletops.
Contact: Rosalie McMillan, London, UK.
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