If you’re a big coffee drinker you’ll be familiar with the mountains of used coffee grounds you end up with after making espressos. I’ve always wanted to find a practical use for them. The Internet suggests using it to wash your hands, but.. nah.
We were at Central Saint Martin’s end of year exhibition last week and this caught my eye. Lou Io had made coffee cups out of the stuff.
Lou says he mixes the dry grounds with bio-resin and uses moulds to form the shapes. After sanding and some laser cutting he’s left with quite a smart looking thing more than capable of holding hot liquid.
Sustainability was a definite theme at the exhibition and this is no exception. Bio-resin is made from sunflower oil and as well as being kind to nature it also produces no toxic fumes when in liquid form.