Peterborough ReuseRepurposing hessian bags in Peterborough
Masteroast, the international coffee manufacturer based in Peterborough, posted their business challenge on Brainwave Innovation Portal of how to divert large quantities of coffee sacks from landfill.
After spotting a challenge on Brainwave Innovations and the support of Peterborough DNA, Pav Patel and Gary Graves came up with the idea for Peterborough Reuse — a business model that repurposes these hessian bags.
In keeping with Smart Fengate’s drive towards long-term sustainability, Peterborough Reuse will contribute towards a circular economy by reusing the waste coffee sacks as mulch for use in tree planting, riverbank reinforcement as part of flood protection schemes, and a range of textile products such as shopping bags. Each year, the organisation is saving approximately 40,000 coffee sacks from going to landfill.
- Rescued to date 42,200 sacks (1 years amount)
- On 10th June 2015, Peterborough Re-use were awarded £10,000 to deliver a project to reach out to Ladies in the deprived areas of the city to learn a new skill that will help them become better employable.
- 60 ladies went through the program and have been able to employ 20 ladies on a part time basis working from home.
- Manufactured over 4600 lined bags, 2000 unlined bags, 800 log bags for PECT project, 400 Environment Agency river project.