Three 22 year old graduates from the University of Strathclyde have set up an exciting new project to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill in their local community.
The aspiring entrepreneurs founded Revive Eco Ltd., a revolutionary ecoprise that recycles used coffee grounds to create a range of environmentally beneficial products, in 2015 and have been developing it full time since graduating last summer.
Their most recent project involves working with all cafes and restaurants in the village of Bridge of Weir in order to create a ‘coffee neutral’ village. In other words, recycling every gram of coffee waste from the local businesses to create a bio-fertiliser product. This bio-fertiliser is then being used by the local schools; Gryffe High, Bridge of Weir Primary and Houston Primary; to be used by their gardening clubs.
Co-founder, Scott Kennedy, said “we’ve always strived to create a truly circular business and working on an exciting project such as this has given us the perfect platform to achieve this. Not only are we successfully diverting all coffee waste from one village away from landfill, but we are also extracting massive value from this ‘waste’. Although this may just be one village at the moment, we have ambitious plans to create ‘coffee-neutral’ cities in the future and expand the benefits we are delivering.”
Co-founder, Rebecca Richardson, explained “from the get go we have been firm believers in making money with meaning and profit with purpose. So, we figured what better way to show the social and environmental benefits of our business than by creating a small project, that is home-grown and gives back to the community. From cafe’s and bars we’ve worked in while studying at university, to the schools that we went to as kids”
The fact that three co-founders of Revive are past students of the local primary schools and Gryffe High was what encouraged them to run this project in Bridge of Weir. Co-founder, Fergus Moore, said “we’ve lived in Bridge of Weir our entire lives and it really feels great to be able to give something back to the community and to encourage pupils, at the schools we used to attend, to engage more in greener activities.”
This project is very much just the beginning for Revive, with the company having big plans to expand their business and replicate similar benefits across the country.
Revive recently won the Shell LiveWIRE competition and were named as Scotland’s Young Innovators of the Year at the Made in Scotland awards last month. The company has won a further four awards since its conception, including the Founders Award from Texas Christian Unversity in the U.S, the Outstanding Student Project Award from the University of Strathclyde, the Young Innovators Challenge run by Scottish Institute for Enterprise and a Business Innovation Award from the Princes Trust.
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