Wake up and burn the coffee

It’s one of those moments when, as an organisation that’s all about helping its members find the simple, effective sustainability solutions, you’re tempted to sit back and light up a big cigar.

Take one SRA Member keen to solve a nagging, but eminently solvable problem and match them with a Food Made Good Approved Supplier keen as mustard to help, and hey presto that cigar moment isn’t too far way. In fact the solution did involve a flammable object, but not one made of tobacco.

Petersham Nurseries, which operates a restaurant and a tea house, serves its fair share of coffee – ethical of course. But like many others is left with a big brown mess at the end of every day – waste coffee granules. 80 kg a month roughly.  What if someone could recycle that sludge into something useful?

That’s where, with a helpful introductory hand from the SRA’s own Yeshna Mistry, bio-bean comes in. They’re the clever folk who are now recycling 50,000 tonnes of the stuff – and turning it into biofuels. But there’s another bi-product – logs. Yep, it turns out that the fag end of your cappuccino burns like a beauty. And now Petersham Nurseries is selling the logs, which burner longer and hotter than regular wood ones – and bio-bean will collect the waste, for free, once a month.

Ella Foulser, of Petersham Nurseries, said: “While it’s not our exactly our coffee grounds that we’re selling in the shop as logs, it does feel like we are buying in and selling a sustainable form of energy  and we’re part of a circular, sustainable solution.”

And to broaden the impact of this new initiative, Petersham is ensuring that customers get to know this neat, story that quite literally leaves them with a warm glow.

If this idea has sparked your imagination, have a read of the Peterham Nurseries blog and check out what bio-bean could do for you.

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