Coffee To Go!
Did you know Sunday 1st of October is International Coffee Day? Like we all need another excuse to reach for another cup! However, whether you are a coffee lover or not recycled coffee grounds are now being treated and transformed into yarn, now that is something to celebrate…
Leading the way in this sustainable fabric is activewear brand Sundried. As we all know fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world and a considered approach to waste, pollution, greenhouse emissions and the carbon footprint is well overdue.
“Sundried specifically chose to use coffee as our recycled product as it is a readily available raw product with high bio-degradable properties meaning it is truly eco-friendly and sustainable.” Says Sundried CEO and founder Daniel Puddick. “The fabric is made from the waste product that is created when making coffee. The used coffee grounds usually just end up in a landfill, so this recycling process is truly ethical and responsible.”
“Sundried are passionate about staying true to our ethical ethos but also providing premium apparel to our customers. We have found that coffee as a recycled product allows us to do both and we are currently the leaders in the industry for this.”
So how does it work?
Scientific tests have shown that when treated with boiling hydrochloric acid, coffee grounds create a black powder which has strong antioxidant properties. Once treated and transformed into yarn, the coffee grounds release polyphenol-rich compounds which are plant chemicals with antioxidant capabilities which withstand damaging energies such as heat and light better than traditional fabrics. This means that when the fabric is subjected to sweat, heat (during washing), and UV-rays, it holds up much better than typical fabrics such as cotton and dries up to 200% faster.
The clothing that is produced from used coffee grounds has fantastic benefits, including odour control, sweat-wicking, and it dries over 200 times faster than cotton. It is also naturally anti-bacterial. This means no more unsightly sweat patches on grey t-shirts and absolutely no need to tumble dry as the garments are pretty much dry as soon as they come out of the wash.
Something to think about while you sip on your latte this Sunday.