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As we all love drinking coffee and indulging in its delicious aroma, we are not aware of the harm it brings to our environment. It is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, making the demand for its production to grow.
The machines and factories used in producing a great quality coffee can produce massive carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
Moreover, there are about 6 million tons of used coffee grounds every year. Used coffee grounds and other waste products produce methane that could ruin the ozone layer and make the world hotter.
Luckily, some people are constantly making efforts to make the world we live in a better place. One company in Belgium has been collecting used coffee grounds from local coffee shops to upcycle them. PermaFungi uses coffee ground waste to grow pounds of mushrooms to reduce and eliminate waste.
Riding their bicycles, PermaFungi picks up the ground coffee to be upcycled into a new amazing product. The Brussel-based company has its mission to “make their cities resilient” through reinventing waste products and producing sustainable solutions.
They have already made a milestone of recycling 39 tons of coffee waste in the year 2018.
How do they make used coffee grounds into mushrooms?
After picking up 100 kilograms of coffee waste from coffee shops of Brussels, they will start the process of upcycling in their growing facility. Then, they will pack it into bags with straw to produce soil with enough nutrients for the spores of mushroom. The mushroom will break down the coffee grounds and will use the nutrients from it to use as its base.
The bags will be stored in a dark and damp room for about two weeks and will soon after brought into a brighter place. As soon as the bags were out, mushrooms will start to sprout. And, they’ll wait until its ready for harvest. Every month, PermaFungi can produce 2,000 pounds of the mushroom from used coffee grounds.
Coffee is already part of our daily lives, but we should make the world we’re living in a better place. The people behind PermaFungi are slowly starting to let humans realize that we can always do something for our environment.
Lots of people are making efforts to help the earth clean, including another company that has made a coffee without using coffee beans. Atomo made the ‘molecular coffee’ which only uses upcycled parts of crops to produce a smooth and sweeter coffee.
Atomo’s mission is the same as PermaFungi, which is to make sustainable solutions for a problem experiencing by our world.