National Third prize winner

Green Grow Mushroom

Growing taste from waste: the most popular drink vs the best Scottish drink


We produce environmentally friendly gourmet mushrooms grown on coffee grounds using wasted heat/water from whisky distilleries to generate year-round growing conditions = tonnes of CO2 saving. Mycorrhizal networks for new and re-growth forests is the real deal to be found.

Mushrooms are the bricks of the forest. When introducing mushrooms in reforesting trees boost growing three times faster, absorbing co2 at a faster speed. This project is a solution for food security, helping communities growing their own food, creating new jobs. Loop-end of the chain: mycelium left after harvesting goes primarily to reforesting, animal feeding or biomass for heating.

The model is open source because our core business is to create a circular economy – CE – visitor site, to showcase and mentor in how to apply it with the CE approach, analysing unique environment and conditions each bio-region has.


Quick facts

  • 2016 Participant
    Year of participation
  • Sustainable Land Use, Sustainable Production Systems, Urban Transitions
  • UK-Scotland

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