Reusable Coffee cup... made out of coffee!

HuskeeCup creates coffee cups from coffee husk, which is an organic waste material produced at the milling of coffee prodution. It is usually considered as waste, so by using this material to create the reusable coffee cups they are also avoinding tonnes of waste.

Another good point is that it you can either use it at home (due to its design) take it away with you (lid available), and they are stackable so it they are easy to keep. Plus being durable and dishwasher friendly.

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Claude Dewerse
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  • It's not clear whether the cups are made completely out of husk. Hopefully it is not mostly plastic with a bit of husk?...
    Also, it is made in China and I would be interested to see a LCA comparing a locally made plastic cup with this product. How much CO2 was emitted to manufacture it in China (coal powered electricity?) and to transport it to my door?
    I think that a cornerstone of the circular economy is about focusing on local "waste" as a source of food for the next step in the circle. In this regard I imagine that we are all going to need to be doing a lot more manufacturing at home - not leave it all up to China. This will mean smaller scale enterprises, and lot more local variety.

    Idoia Letona Castrillo
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  • Hello Claude, thanks for your comment. It's true that plastic is not avoided in this solution but my aim here was just introducing an alternative material for REUSABLE cups, that is made from high quality durable plastic and coffee husks (reintroducing waste as a material).
    But you're right on your point regarding transportation and CO2 emissions.
    I've been doing a bit of research and I've foun this other alternative:
    These reusable coffee cups are made from used coffee grounds, combined with biopolimers to make the cups more sturdy, so they are totally biodegradable. Plus the project is based in Berlin and they recycled coffe ground from Berlin cafés.
    This could be scalable to other countries, and create a local circular economy free of waste.

    How can this be improved?
    Claude Dewerse
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  • Hi Idoia,
    You are right the kaffeeform option sounds better. I like the totally biodegrageable aspect - as long as there is a suitable waste management system to make sure this biomass makes it back onto land to build up fertility, as opposed to ending up in a landfill.
    And having local manufacturing makes sense right? I mean, everybody has waste coffee grounds...