We’ve all heard of recycling, we recycle both at home and in the workplace, it’s part of our everyday lives. Recycling is used to convert waste products into reusable items, but what is upcycling? The word ‘upcycle’ is defined as reusing discarded objects or materials to create products of higher quality or value than the original. An item that has truly caught on in this craze are burlap coffee sacks.
These brown hessian sacks are used to transport the cultivated green coffee beans from plantations to roasting houses and are typically emblazoned with colourful graphics and coffee origins. At rijo42, we distribute thousands of kilos of our roasted coffee beans to our customers each month, leaving our roasting house with a large quantity of Hessian sacks. We don’t believe in wasting these unique sacks though, we use them at rijo42 HQ for decoration and offer them to customers for use in cafes, bars and restaurants.
We’re not the only ones who don’t believe in throwing our coffee sacks away, burlap coffee bags are now upcycled in a host of different ways. They’re used to create everything from handbags to furniture and all that’s in between. There are both individuals and companies who specialise in coffee sack upcycling, creating original eco friendly products with an industrial chic look.
This craze has inspired us and we’re planning to upcycle some of our own coffee sacks. Maybe a couple of Peruvian Tunki chairs for reception at rijo42 HQ. We’ll let you know how we get on.
rijo42 coffee beans are available to buy online with next day delivery at www.rijo42.co.uk.