This week, we caught up with Revive Eco; a team of three University of Strathclyde graduates who are finding new innovative ways to recycle coffee grounds and save the planet in the process. They are full of brilliant ideas, the latest involving their local community. We spoke to Co-founder Rebecca Richardson to find out the full story!
Our team of three; Fergus, Scott and I are a waste rejuvenation eco-prise called Revive, providing a unique waste recycling service and a range of environmentally-friendly products, derived from used coffee grounds.
We have worked continuously with SIE since winning the Young Innovators Challenge in 2014 and during this time I’m sure even our SIE pals are slightly sick of hearing us go on about the amount of coffee waste going to landfill! SO… we figured the time for discussion was over and that we’d try a new idea which showcases the great social and environmental benefits that Revive creates on the smallest of scales.
We started a new project in our local community; the wee village of Bridge of Weir. It’s a pretty special place for us, not only did Fergus give me chicken pox there at the age of three, it’s also where Revive was born! Over the last few months, we’ve been busy collecting and recycling every gram of coffee waste from the local businesses to create our bio-fertiliser product. This bio-fertiliser is then passed on to the locals schools; Gryffe High, Bridge of Weir Primary and Houston Primary; to be used by their gardening clubs.
In three weeks we have not only recycled over 60 kilos of waste coffee but we have received cheers and rapturous applause from the local business owners and a nod from the kings of the council! Our goal is to create the first of many coffee-neutral communities. ‘WHY?’ I hear you ask. Our answer is simple – social and environmental responsibility has always, and will always be at the forefront of decisions made at Revive. We are building more than a company; we are building a brand and an organisation that creates a positive impact to all stakeholders, the environment and the wider society.
In only a few weeks we have diverted a huge amount of waste from reaching landfill and instead created a great product, to be used within our even greater community. Whilst this is only a small scale project right now, we are showing the benefits Revive provides and will provide once we grow to a larger scale; something we know we will achieve!
If you’d like to find out more, or get your hands on Revive’s environmentally-friendly bio-fertiliser, visit their website. To support their crowdfunding campaign, visit their VOOM page. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
If you want to know more about how they started out, see their video case study here.