Our carbon footprint - bio-bean
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6th July 2022

Our carbon footprint

We recently undertook a carbon footprint assessment through Eunomia Research & Consulting to determine our environmental impact.

With the urgent state of our climate emergency, it isn’t enough for businesses to simply say they’re eco-friendly, sustainable, or making a positive impact. People want to (and deserve to) know exactly what that means. And, rightly so, businesses must increasingly show evidence for environmental claims.

This includes us at bio-bean.

In 2021 Eunomia gathered data to create a carbon footprint analysis model for us. They included information on every step of our process and manufacturing, from the transport of spent coffee grounds to our recycling facility to the end usage of our highest selling products.

Our carbon impact

Eunomia’s results show that our total carbon footprint is -187kg CO2e for every tonne1 of spent grounds that we process. It’s a net negative impact, which is very much a positive! It basically means that for every tonne of spent coffee grounds we upcycle, we save 187kg CO2e versus those grounds being disposed of in traditional ways.

What is CO2e? It means carbon dioxide equivalent, which is a unit of measurement used to compare the emissions of various greenhouse gases. It’s a standard unit for measuring carbon footprints.

So, what does 187kg CO2e look like? It’s the equivalent of the emissions produced by 464 miles driven by an average car, or 22,747 smartphones charged. We save that much for every tonne of spent grounds we upcycle… and to date we’ve processed just under 32,000 tonnes of spent coffee grounds.

As it turns out, our solution of recycling spent coffee grounds into our various sustainable bio-products is better for the environment than all the other standard disposal methods (landfill, anaerobic digestion, and incineration). In fact, we save 228% more in greenhouse gas emissions versus spent grounds going to anaerobic digestion.

carbon footprint of various disposal methods for spent coffee grounds

The carbon footprints of our products

And when it comes to the individual footprint of our primary products, Coffee Logs and Inficaf, you can see below that we save up to 1,030kg of CO2e for every tonne of spent grounds we process. This figure includes our processing and manufacturing and the end use of the product.

carbon footprint of bio-bean products

There really is no more sustainable solution for managing large volumes of spent coffee grounds than our recycling solution here at bio-bean. And with such significant value still present within the grounds after they’ve been brewed, it’s a shame to waste their potential by wastefully discarding them.

We give spent coffee grounds a second life. And even better, it’s easy for businesses to get on board.

We help businesses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions

Spent coffee grounds are a naturally clean by-product, segregated at source by baristas and bean-to-cup machines, and are readily identifiable. From the barista preparing the coffee and depositing the used grounds into specified bags or bins, through collections via your business’s waste management or logistics company, it’s a simple process with potentially high impact in reducing your greenhouse gas emissions.

The numbers speak for themselves. Not only are we the world’s largest coffee recycling company, we’re also best for the environment when it comes to disposal of spent coffee grounds.

Get in touch today to find out more about our spent coffee recycling and our coffee-derived bio-products, including Inficaf, our natural flavouring extract, and our solid fuels.


 

1 Based on output of 90% Coff­ee Logs and 10% Inficaf (displacing polypropylene). As Inficaf sales grow, so too will our emissions savings.

2 Includes processing, manufacturing and end use of product.

3 Based on 50% mined and 50% synthetic calcium carbonate.