Cabeco®: Member of the Global Center for Circular Economy in Coffee

In a global effort to transform the coffee industry into a more circular and sustainable economy, Cabeco® recently announced its membership in the Global Center for Circular Economy in Coffee (C4CEC). This new pre-competitive platform aims to capitalize on the millions of tons of biological materials generated annually by coffee production, aside from the green coffee itself.

A recent report estimates that each year, between 34 to 39 million tons of biological materials are produced worldwide by the coffee industry. These materials include by-products such as coffee grounds, which offer untapped potential as valuable resources for various applications, including cosmetics and other personal care products.

The mission of C4CEC is to promote and disseminate circular economy practices throughout the entire coffee value chain, encouraging initiatives ranging from regenerative agricultural practices to the creative reuse of coffee by-products. This approach aims not only to reduce waste but also to generate new economic opportunities for coffee producers and small businesses while addressing critical environmental challenges.

“The C4CEC platform is an ambitious initiative to bring together key players in the coffee industry – from producers to end consumers – to catalyze a transition towards a more sustainable and inclusive economy,” said a spokesperson for the launch consortium during a recent press release.

Cabeco®, as a founding member of C4CEC, is committed to playing an active role in developing and promoting innovative solutions based on recycling coffee grounds. This initiative is part of an international collaboration that includes renowned organizations such as the International Trade Centre (ITC), the International Coffee Organization (ICO), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Additionally, leading Italian partners like the Lavazza Foundation, Politecnico di Torino, and the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo (UNISG) bring their expertise to enrich this collaborative platform.

Interested companies and organizations are invited to join this initiative by submitting their applications online by May 31. “Small businesses in coffee-producing countries are particularly well-placed to benefit from this circular economy model, as it fosters innovation, market access, and responsible business practices,” emphasized Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the ITC, during the launch.

As a member of C4CEC, Cabeco® is determined to actively contribute to the positive transformation of the coffee industry towards a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us in this endeavor to shape a world where sustainability and innovation go hand in hand with economic and social growth.

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