CaffeInk extracts pigments from coffee waste and use them to produce sustainable ink. In this way we create a new value chain.
Despite digitisation, the demand for printing ink is increasing. That ink is currently produced in a polluting way, emitting high levels of CO2 and toxic compounds. What’s more, in ink, the current black color pigment used is black carbon. Recent studies found that black carbon is the second largest contributor to climate change after CO2. Currently, ink is one of the most expensive liquid commodities in the world. The most expensive ingredient for ink is pigment. The total global demand for pigments is expected to grow at a rate of 4,1% to 22.3 billion euros in 2022.
On the other hand, coffee has become the most consumed beverage in the world. Every day we produce coffee waste that is equal in weight to three Eiffel towers. If all of global coffee waste were to be processed into pigment, it would provide 50% of the global pigment market.