This project explores the opportunity of re-purposing spent coffee grounds (coffee grounds after espresso extraction) into practical products, diverting them from landfill. Sending spent coffee grounds to landfill is a waste of earth’s precious resources and an unsustainable practice. Particularly when currently 10 million tonnes of spent coffee grounds are sent to landfill annually, where they produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
Experimentation has been utilized to create a material used for practical applications in cafes. The curation of this material focuses on achieving a sustainable outcome therefore materials used with the spent coffee grounds have also been considered for sustainability. Alongside the experimentation, user investigation has been used in the form of observations studies, questionnaires and interviews to understand the user’s habits and the café environment.
Ultimately, this project aims to reconfigure the human mind to shift from believing that waste is useless filthy rubbish, to understanding the value waste has as a resource. To achieve this a beautiful table has been made from the spent coffee grounds. This product shows consumers the value of waste, as well as enables self-reflection into their own wasteful habits, bringing to light the importance of the waste issue the globe is facing.