Company recycles coffee grounds to make sneakers [Video]


  •  A footwear company are creating shoes partly made from used coffee grounds.
  • According to the company, it takes more than a cup of recycled coffee grounds to create one pair of Rens shoes.
  • It is an attempt to lessen the environmental impact of used coffee grounds, which release methane.

Coffee waste is being turned into all sorts of things these days, from biofuel to recycled cups. But a company in Finland is creating something new, sneakers made from coffee.

Rens used a Kickstarter fund to brew up their waterproof sneakers using old coffee grounds. “We actually took it and mix it with recycled plastic pellets made from used water bottles,” says Jesse Tran, the company’s co-founder and CEO.

It takes just over a cup of used coffee beans to make a pair of shoes. That translates to 21 cups of joe. “The upper part is made from majority coffee waste,” Tran says.

Globally we produce more than 23 million tons of coffee waste every year, according to Belgian sustainability researcher Gunter Pauli.

It is an attempt to lessen the environmental impact of used coffee grounds, which — when they break down in landfill sites — release methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming. A greenhouse gas experts say is about 30 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.

“We actually realized that only five percent of the coffee waste in the world actually got recycled,” Tran says.

Son Chu, co-founder and CTO of Rens, says, “We want to be a brand where we make sustainable products, but they are cool, they have really cool functions, people can actually use them.”

The Finnish footwear company says it plans to use coffee grounds to create more wearable waste including athletic clothes.

The shoes are made in Vietnam, one of the world’s largest coffee producers.

Source: News 9

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