Clean technology company, Bio-bean, has been awarded with the Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund.
The company has industrialised the process of recycling spent coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals and its Coffee Logs captured the attention of the GIMA judges due to its simplicity and environmentally friendly nature.
Bio-bean will receive support up to the value of £6,000 to help with development and marketing costs associated with entering the UK garden retail market, including a year’s full GIMA membership, and a wide range of business support tools.
Coffee Logs are a fuel for stoves, wood burners and chimeneas. The logs are each made from 25 cups of spent coffee grounds. These compressed coffee grounds produce more heat and burn longer than wood, making them not just cost efficient but help to lower emissions and reduce waste.
Vicky Nuttall, GIMA director, said: “The company, its processes and resulting product are not just innovative, but they are also changing the way we think about traditional heating methods, and how recycling of an everyday bi-product can reduce waste and lower our environmental impact. bio-bean are certainly opening a wide conversation about waste and how it can be reinvented.
“We’re so pleased to be helping them reach a wider audience.”