Is Coffee the New Cotton?

For most of us, coffee is a liquid wonder drug that we rely on to get through the day. For some of us, coffee is something to be deeply appreciated and culturally connected to. For a creative few, coffee is an artistic material. These creative few have gone 9835 steps further than most by discovering crazy new uses for coffee that will blow your mind. Spanish outerwear brand EcoAlf, has found ways to incorporate coffee grounds into their winter jackets for extra insulation. Sustainable furniture company Re-work has developed a new composite material called Çurface (pronounced surface) made of used coffee grounds and recycled plastics. Rosalie McMillan uses coffee grounds and curface to make jewelry!

Coffee has always had a close relationship with clothing, but these new brands are going the extra mile! To turn the leftovers from the bottom of your morning coffee into fabric is obviously complicated, but not as groundbreaking as you might think. The process of turning coffee grounds into fabric is similar to creating clothing from bamboo. The resulting fabric is soft, light, flexible and breathable, and can also be used to produce an outer shell that is water resistant.

Moral of the Story: While you can't sniff your clothing and you won't get a suddenly energy high, turning coffee into cloth is just another step in the sustainable revolution! The future is so cool. 

Jesse Ayala

New York, New York, USA

Developing social good and value-adding products, Ayala seeks to enhance culture and behavior through experiences that address both macro- and micro-level problems. This mantra has led Ayala down an non-traditional career path, linking fashion, technology, performance art, media, education, community building, and design. Ayala has been honored by the Huffington Post and InStyle magazine for innovation and style in the digital new economy. Ayala is the co-founder and Creative Director of Modavanti.com.