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Those of us interested in caring for the environment know that more than eight million tons of plastic waste reaches the world's oceans every year. In comparison, it is as if we dump a truck loaded with plastic into the sea every minute.
Plastic is then one of the most serious pollution problems that affects ecosystems. The strategies to counteract this problem consist of reducing its consumption and looking for alternatives to replace it.
Alternatives that are emerging
Can you imagine a solution that combines delicious coffee, great design, is useful and also promotes awareness about caring for the environment?
That alternative does exist and it is a great combo created by Julian Lechner, a young German who devised sustainable cups with coffee residues.
You wake up and the first thing you do is prepare a delicious espresso in your coffee machine. But what happens to those residues that remain?
Many people decide to use them for compost, while others simply throw them away.
This action made the young German lose sleep. Drinking several cups of coffee and wanting to create something completely different kept him awake in search of an alternative.
After years of experimenting and analyzing, Julian Lechner succeeded in creating Kaffeeform, a durable and sustainable mug made from coffee waste.
In 2015 he created the ideal cup for an espresso, but over time he welcomed different sizes for drinks such as cappuchino. He even designed a model with a lid to carry around.
In dark tones and with a slight aroma of roasted coffee, these mugs are resistant to temperature. They are also biodegradable and accessible to the public, since their prices are around 12 euros (approximately 250 Mexican pesos).
Work together and network for ecology
A collective of bike messengers collects ground coffee from various previously selected coffee shops and roasters in Berlin.
From there they are taken to a workshop where the waste is processed to make the cups. Finally, they are packaged to be sent to their final destination, which can be coffee shops, stores or directly with customers.
Kaffeeform seeks to change consumer habits, offering options and inspiring people to integrate sustainability into their daily lives, as well as encouraging them to make conscious decisions.
Likewise, it aims to promote the reuse of products and raw materials, to avoid leaving harmful footprints on the planet.
Kaffeeform doesn't just sell the mugs in Germany. Its products have reached Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Portugal, Spain, among other countries in Europe.
Although at the moment it does not ship, it already has expansion plans so that many people can acquire them.
His brilliant idea led Julian Lechner to win the Red Dot Product Design Award in 2018, one of the world's top design accolades.