- Sustainability Problem
Waste: Approximately 7.6 million tons of coffee beans are sold worldwide each year, becoming waste product that ends up in landfills, once roasted.
- Technology Summary
Odor Eating Fabric Made from Recycled Coffee Grounds is Perfect for Athletes. http://inhabitat.com/odor-eating-fabric-made-from-recycled-coffee-grounds-is-perfect-for-athletes/
- Technology developed and patented after 4 years of research by Jason Chen and environmental partners
- Roasted coffee undergoes a process to remove phenols, esters, and oils, waste grounds are then spun into an odorless, fast drying fabric.
- Oil byproduct used for cosmetics, household items, and within other sectors of the textile industry
- Coffee grinds require less energy in the fiber-making process, making it an “earth-friendly” alternative to traditional fabrics.
- Organizational Stakeholders
- Clothing Distributors/Companies
- Coffee Distribution Companies/Businesses
- Textile Factories/Industries
- Consumers/Product End-users
- Landfills & Sanitation Departments
The next three stages in deploying this technology could be:
- Forge partnerships with major performance clothing companies; demonstrate product viability and sequester investors
- Forge partnerships with major coffee service companies (like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, etc.) to secure a supply of grounds for production
- Develop marketing strategies to gain traction in consumer market
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/20/65/b8/2065b808c10e45fd3ccda427f835493f.jpg Apparel Industry numbers
http://inhabitat.com/odor-eating-fabric-made-from-recycled-coffee-grounds-is-perfect-for-athletes/ Annual coffee consumption
http://www.scafefabrics.com/en-global/about/particular S.cafe Product Site