Company Creates Sunglasses from Coffee Waste
Ukraine – The coffee industry is known to produce tons of waste in the form of water, cherry pulp, husks, and leftover grounds. While some of these byproducts can be reused as fertilizer, much of it ends up in landfills. With sustainability becoming a global priority, new methods have arisen to convert coffee waste into usable products.
Ukrainian-based eyewear company Ochis has designed the first pair of organic sunglasses made from a combination of coffee and flax. Founder Max Gavrilenko and his team wanted to create sunglasses out of natural materials, without the use of petroleums. Instead, they used a biopolymer made from coffee grounds, finely ground flax, and natural glue made from soybean oil to construct the shades. The eco-friendly frames are biodegradable, smell like coffee, and come in five stylish shapes.