While recycling has become second nature to many people, it’s easy to forget that we still throw away tons of useful materials every single day. Designer Matthew Waldman of Nooka took a short break from creating cutting-edge timepieces to do his part by saving up his daily coffee grounds for a year, with the plan of finding them a new life.
“Living in New York City is a bit frustrating as there is little or no recycling for organic refuse,” says Waldman. “When organic garbage is put in a landfill sequestered by plastic bags, it does not biodegrade and return to the soil.” Though he originally thought the grounds would become home to an under-sink mushroom colony, eventually Waldman got the idea to use them in a composite material so he could make something more permanent with his coffee.
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