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The Coffee-Powered Economy: These Startups Turn Waste Into Useful Products


Although the United Kingdom is better known for its passion for tea, coffee is a popular option for many.

The rise of takeaway coffee has sparked debates around the sustainability of the paper cups used and initiatives such as Fair Trade have put a focus on sustainable sourcing of coffee.

However, coffee has a dirty secret that is often forgotten: The United Kingdom alone produces half a million tons of waste coffee grounds per year, which often end up in a landfill.

Following the circular economy trend, the first few startups have proven that coffee grounds can become a valuable resource.

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