Hakle turns to coffee waste for toilet paper production
Huge quantities of coffee grounds are produced every year by the European food industry, and Hakle has found a way to transform the waste into material to make loo roll.
The first rolls using the new process were produced at the Duesseldorf-based company's factory last week, Hakle's chief marketing officer Karen Jung told Agence France-Presse (AFP). "The goal is 20 to 25%" of coffee grounds constituting the material for making the paper, replacing wood pulp, said Jung, adding the company was working toward reaching those levels.
"That does not sound like a lot — but it means that a quarter fewer trees have to be used," added Jung, whose company entered insolvency proceedings in September due to surging energy costs.
Hakle sees a strong economic case. The price of wood pulp — which is in high demand in China, the world's biggest consumer — has risen rapidly since 2020.