Water-resistant sneakers from coffee residue.. video

Water-resistant sneakers from coffee residue.. video
Water-resistant sneakers from coffee residue.. video

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Helsinki-based shoe company Raines says it has created waterproof sneakers that are made from coffee grounds and recycled plastic bottles.

It’s an attempt to reduce the environmental impact of used coffee, which when decomposed in landfill sites releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming.

About six million tons of used ground coffee are sent to landfill each year. “When we started, we already realized that only five percent of the world’s coffee waste has actually been recycled,” says Jesse Tran, co-founder and CEO of Rains. Lots of methane, which is 32 times more powerful than a carbon greenhouse gas, so what we’re doing here is we’re just extending the life cycle.”

According to Rains, a pair of its “original” first-generation shoes contain about 300 grams of coffee waste, which is equivalent to 21 cups of the residue that has been processed and then combined with plastic pellets from recycled bottles to make polyester threads for the upper part of the coffee. Athletic shoes while the sole of the shoe is made of natural rubber. The coffee grounds are sourced from major restaurant chains in Asia, while the shoes are made in a factory in Vietnam, one of the world’s largest coffee producers.

Tran explains, “After you drink the ground coffee and throw it away, it’s taken and then mixed with recycled plastic pellets made from waste water bottles, and so we created something called polyester coffee yarn. So, the majority of the top of our shoes is made of polyester coffee yarn. “.

The idea was floated in the summer of 2017, as the company’s founders launched an online fundraising campaign in June 2019, raising more than $550,000 from more than 5,000 backers within 24 hours. A follow-up campaign last August raised more than $350,000 to produce a second-generation version of the sneaker, called Nomad, with laces also made from waste coffee and recycled plastic.

There are slogans being used to sell products like “Hey, use us or the planet dies” and “We don’t like this approach, we strive to be a brand where we make sustainable products, but they are great, have really great functionality, and people can actually use them.”

The company says its sneakers are sustainable, and although they are made from recycled materials, there are associated environmental impacts, such as the shipping of finished products. Rains says it will offset all climate emissions from production, packaging, distribution and shipping to make the new Nomad coffee sneakers climate neutral.

The early success of the coffee sneakers prompted the company to plan other apparel, becoming a sustainable sportswear brand in its own right. It is coffee waste again or it may be from other materials.

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