PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

Sustainability.
Now a priority.

Ecobean is a technology company with a mission to help reduce coffee waste at the scale of business. We’re looking for partners in finding new and innovative ways to upcycle Spent Coffee Grounds into something new that later can be recycled, so the loop doesn’t end.

Reach out and reimagine your CO2 footprint with us.

EXPLORE PROJECTS

PRIO

Biodiesel with a
drop of coffee oil

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PRIO is a Portuguese distributor of biodiesel and liquid fuels. EcoBean invented a technology that extracts an oil fraction from coffee grounds that can be used as a bio-additive for fuels.

We helped PRIO find a way to manage coffee waste from gas station mini-markets ecologically and address the need to add renewable sources into fuels. The solution enables better waste collection and addresses the RED II directive.

ECONTI

Biodegradable
flower pots

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EcoBean invents biodegradable flower pots for a Polish company ECONTI. These 100% biodegradable pots are made predominantly out of coffee grounds. After planting into the ground, they integrate with the soil, positively affecting the natural environment around the plant. Also, thanks to the unique technology, flowerpots degrade slowly, giving the plants enough time to grow.

STARBUCKS

Coffee waste
in R&D

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Starbucks mission is to be as ecologically responsible as possible, giving back more than it takes from the planet. To help support this goal, EcoBean collects Spent Coffee Grounds (SCG) from Starbucks cafes for R&D works focused on the possibilities of their re-use and processing into ecological raw materials and products. Our approach meets the European strategy of plastic reduction and circular economy introduction.

DELTA

Coffee waste
collection service

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Delta is committing to business excellence based on eco-efficient production, training of employees for change and developing competitive communities. Its new product development cycle is based on eco-efficiency and eco-design principles, seeking to promote sustainability at the origins, reduce inefficiencies in the production process and reduce and recover the waste produced.

EcoBean works with Delta to design, implement and verify the dedicated Spent Coffee Grounds (SCG) collection service for HoReCa in Lisbon. Two logistic models are to be evaluated: door-to-door collection and SCG collection islands (collective SCG collection containers).

VATTENFALL

Sustainable
waste utilization

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Vattenfall’s mission is to Power Climate Smarter Living and to enable fossil-free living within one generation. Vattenfall strategy reflects the UN Sustainable Development goals. In June 2022 Vattenfall in Germany will be moving to its new headquarters – EDGE Suedkreuz building – a modular wood-hybrid construction designed as an open ecosystem using nature-based architectural elements.

EcoBean will collect and repurpose all the coffee waste (Spent Coffee Grounds – SCG) generated in the EDGE Suedkreuz building. A circular solution will be implemented in the building by designing SCG composite which will be used for the production of objects used by Vattenfall employees.

Together with EDGE and Vattenfall, EcoBean wants to develop a “copy & paste” solution dedicated to the German real estate market.

ŻABKA

Going green
with eco gadgets

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Żabka puts its focus on four pillars: green energy, second life, clean air and green transport. Żabka is implementing circular economy principles by encouraging customers to give the packaging a second life.

EcoBean developed a biotechnological solution that gives spent coffee grounds, produced at Żabka Café, a second life. The plan is to turn them into useful eco-gadgets and return them to customers.

ECOBEAN & TUCANNO COFFEE

Feasibility study to close
the coffee loop for Moldova

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EcoBean will support the coffee industry in Moldova by conducting a “Feasibility Study on Closing the Coffee Circulation in Moldova” with Tucano, our local partner. The joint initiative is implemented by UNDP IRH under the Polish Challenge Fund: Innovative Solution for the SDGs, with financial support from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2 700 tons of coffee waste is generated in Moldova every year, 540 tons in Chisinau only. The majority of this waste ends up in landfills adding up to greenhouse gases emissions. The main goal of the project is to solve the problem of growing amounts of coffee waste polluting the environment, significantly reduce CO2 footprint and convert coffee waste into bio-products delivering our clients a CSR input.

EcoBean solution meets coffee industry needs and at the same time carries out its environmental mission. Every business operation requires waste management activities which are cost and time consuming. EcoBean addresses customer expectations by offering a highly effective and feasible logistic process for dispersed biomass collection. Then, in one technological process, 4 raw materials are extracted from coffee waste hence reducing costs, waste generation and CO2 emissions.

The solution provided within the Polish Challenge Fund project and as a partnership with Tucano will conduct four main working blocks: research for project partners in Moldova, designing dedicated solution for our main partner, proof of concept and feasibility study. The outcome of this project is
a plan for scaling-up and industrialized implementation of the EcoBean solution in Moldova.

The initiative is compliant with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as Climate Action, Affordable and Clean Energy and Sustainable Cities and Communities.

This project is financed by the Polish Challenge Fund, an effective driver of innovation and change in the region.

If you are interested in initiative or the Polish Challenge Fund, please use the following contacts:

UNDP – Polish Challenge Fund: Magdalena Kudlicka, magdalena.kudlicka@undp.org
EcoBean Sp. z o.o.: Joanna Manikowska, j.manikowska@ecobean.pl
Tucano Coffee S.R.L.: Emilia Felcher, e.felcher@tucanocoffee.com


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The project “Feasibility study to close the coffee loop for Moldova” is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Polish Challenge Fund, with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

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