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Leftover coffee grounds leaves Revive Eco smiling

Congratulations to this year’s Green Champion – Glasgow recycling eco-prise, Revive Eco. Co-founders Fergus Moore, Rebecca Richardson and Scott Kennedy have been on a mission to reduce waste in the UK – particularly, coffee shop waste – after all working in cafes. This gave the innovative trio their inspiration for coming up with a solution to a social and environmental problem in an entrepreneurship class whilst studying at the University of Strathclyde’s Business School.

How Revive Eco grew out of magic coffee beans

Co-founder Fergus Moore explains: “We worked on a brief at university to come up with a socially viable business concept. All three us had worked in cafés, so were aware of the serious waste issue in UK. The more we looked at it, the more realised there could be a natural solution. So, that’s where we narrowed our focus and developed a way of recycling used coffee grounds into an all-natural plant food.”

Fergus, Rebecca and Scott have now expanded the core of their business in order to maximise the value they can create from coffee waste. The trio are working in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland and a leading research institute to develop a pilot plant in Glasgow. Here they will test an innovative new process that they have developed together allowing them to extract and purify high value oils from the grounds in a far more efficient and sustainable manner than any previous process. These oils can be used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food flavourings. They have also set their sights on eventually producing a pure and efficient biofuel from the residual grounds leftover from the process.

Currently, Revive Eco practice energy efficiency as they recognise as a small business it’s essential to save as much as possible. Fergus said: “We are currently working with an Edinburgh-based company who produce a natural drying dust, which absorbs water in the coffee grounds and removes the need to use high temperatures to carry out the drying process. Not only does this save energy, but it’s good for the plants too. It is important for us to be as innovative as possible and this is a key value of our business and its growth.”

Why Revive Eco got the Green Champion vote

Michelle Nicol, Senior Manager, SME Marketing at ScottishPower, said: “We’re delighted that so many businesses are now choosing to develop and embrace sustainable operational practices. The standard of entries for Green Champion was, yet again, exceptional. It meant that choosing a winner wasn’t easy. However, Revive Eco’s innovative waste recycling enterprises throughout 2016 really resonated with us – particularly their creation of a bio-fertiliser which was used in local primary school community gardens.

“Revive Eco is at the forefront of the move towards creating a circular economy, by closing the loop on coffee shop waste. In essence, it delivers a brilliant recycling concept with energy efficiency at its heart – a great example of what ScottishPower is all about.”

Following the win, Fergus Moore said: “To be recognised in this category is hugely important to us, and we couldn’t be prouder to win! Big thanks to ScottishPower for the award – and for encouraging more energy efficiency by sponsoring awards like this. It gives the green light to more green businesses.”

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