Once thought of as garbage, with this invention of eco-friendly fabric made of coffee dregs, coffee can be looked at as “trash to cash”. The invention uses coffee’s natural ability to block odours and this technology essentially takes wisdom from life experiences as can be seen from its Inventor’s story detailed later in this report.
it took four years of the inventor’s research & development, blood, sweat
and tears, this invention has won various awards such as the Geneva Invention
Award, Nuremberg Invention award, Merit Gold Medal and the Korea Invention
award, to list a few.
this era of sustainability where everyone wants to go ‘eco-friendly’ and choose
sustainable options, this invention provides them a fabric which gives them
their favourite ‘Coffee’ as not only a Drink but as a wearable, which is made
from an entirely eco-friendly process and is definitely a green product for
S. Café® technology has many renewable features and with it, 100% of the coffee
we drink, will not be wasted and put into functional use.
ideology of “recycle, renewable, carbon reduction” is what this invention
promises its users. For the producers, it is a way of healthy sustainable
lifestyle by not wasting but utilizing 100 % of their recourses.
For all Coffee lovers and for the Coffee haters too, this innovation has proven that ‘A little Coffee bean has a lot more than we know’, and that’s the beauty of nature, it has vast explorative possibilities in it.
About the Company
Industrial Co., Ltd from Taiwan was a company developing functional textiles.
Their product emphasis has slowly shifted on the development of eco-friendly
functional textiles. This shift of emphasis has made Singtex one of the leading
providers of such eco-friendly functional textiles in Taiwan. Singtex is
constant to take a position in innovative R&D so as to become a sustainable
supplier of eco-friendly textiles to international clothing brands.
successfully invented the S. Café® eco-friendly coffee yarn in 2008. Using
plastic bottles and coffee grounds, this green, high-tech yarn is
environmentally friendly, de-odorizing, and fast drying, UV-resistant and has
many various applications. When used in textile fibres it enhances its’
functionality without affecting the dye colour. No solvents are used in the
production process. It does not require high-temperature carbonizing treatment
used conventionally in materials.
The Beginning of
simple joke started it all. One-day S. Café® brand founder and President Jason
Chen was together with his wife Amy, out enjoying an area performance in his
country Taiwan. While taking an opportunity and sipping on a cup of coffee at a
cafe, Jason and Amy saw an individual coming into the shop posing for used
coffee ground to take home. Upon seeing this, Amy jokingly told Jason that
because he enjoys sports such a lot and sometimes stinks of sweat should put
coffee ground in his clothes so he would be less of a “smelly man”.
all know that coffee dregs have a singular deodorizing function, so Jason after
hearing his wife’s wisecrack thought for a flash, then turned to his wife and
yelled “GOOD IDEA”! If one can harness the power to include coffee dregs to
form clothes, one also can increase the performance and value of this
sustainable product. Jason quickly gathered a gaggle of innovators and
environmental partners and commenced researching the chances of inputting coffee
dregs into yarn.
after four years of research, development, blood, sweat, and tears, Jason had
done it. In 2009 S. Café® brand was created with more products and innovations
to return following this main concept.
Jason Chen till today continues to be the most spokesperson for this line
“Behind every successful man there’s a supportive woman!
coffee beans is that the most fascinating stage of creating it into a beverage.
One can literally taste the enchanting aroma that roasting coffee beans can
create but also contributing to the most component of S. Café® which is
producing coffee ground. After baking, brewing, and one other patent process,
S. Café® is in a position to supply something far beyond your wildest
Café® technology, with a low-temperature, high-pressure and energy saving
process, combines coffee dregs onto the yarn surface, changing the
characteristics of the filament, and offers up to 200% faster drying time
compared to cotton. Also, the micro-pores on S. Café® coffee dregs absorb
odours and reflect UV rays all the time! The product tagline being – Drink it,
Process of S. Café®-
production happens in a 6 step process listed below-
Roasting Coffee Beans-
is an important part of international culture. It’s a delicious and energizing
drink! But to make it into a fabric, the beans need to be roasted first in
160~220°C. So the first step to turn the coffee residue into fabric is roasting
the coffee beans.
quantities of coffee dregs are created by our daily coffee drinking. Coffee dregs
are often utilized in some ways, like plant fertilizer and room deodorizers. S.
Café ® technology applies used coffee dregs into yarn production.
Creating Master Batches-
Café ® technology combines the post patented processed dregs and polymer to
make master batches to be utilized into making the yarn.
Making the S. Café ® Yarn-
is done using the patented technology. When the yarn production is completed,
the S.Café ® performance benefits start to appear.
Converting into Fabric-
yarn is then converted into fabric. S. Café ® fabrics provide excellent odour
control, UV protection and fast drying benefits. These permanent functions are
born from the natural inspiration of S. Café ®.
Café ® fabrics are then made into apparel which provides a cushy feel combined
with functional qualities for all outdoor and lifestyle activities. Thus this
fabric is used right from making towels to clothes like jogging suits and
Four Permanent Functions of the brand
of S. Café®-
1. Odour Control- S. Café® coffee dregs absorb odours the body produces throughout the day. Since the coffee dregs are embedded inside the S. Café® yarn, there is no need to worry about washing your S. Café® garments, this feature lasts much longer than one would expect!
2. Fast Drying- The key element to S. Café® technology! S. Café® continually moves moisture faraway from the skin to the outer surface of the material for faster drying process. Moisture transfers from skin to the outer layer of S. Café® fabric, it spreads across the area to lower the duration of the drying process. Once again, this function being permanent will never wash or wear out.
3. UV protection- S. Café® coffee dregs accompany numerous microscopic pores, which create a long-lasting natural and chemical free shield for yarn or fibre, reflecting UV rays and supply a cushy outdoor experience.
4. Ice cool touch- S. Café’s ICE-CAFÉ™, is another sustainable yarn able to cool down the temperature of our skin about 1 to 2oC compared to common fabrics. The fabric itself has a cooling feel.
Philosophy behind S. Café®-
create earth friendly sustainable textile
S. Café® sustainable technology is integrated into the
ever growing coffee drinking culture.
There is never a requirement to waste time and energy
to supply the essential. Raw material availability is stable, as there’s always
coffee being consumed, therefore there’ll always be coffee dregs to be
collected and used.
S. Café® yarn are often utilized in a spread of
various products, from outdoor and sports performance apparel, to home items we
use in a day. There is an endless possibility where the inventors are able to
apply the sustainable material. By making less of an impact on our environment,
S. Café® is making the world a better place for the next generation
Singtex invested four years of research and
development and after eight long series of testing have developed “S.Café®
sustainable coffee yarn” putting coffee dregs into functional textiles. 500
kilograms of coffee ground each day are kept from being wasted and reapplying
the fabric into textiles, Singtex is continuously implementing three
environmental fundamentals: Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse. The one and only
patented S.Café® follows the fundamentals of sustainability.
S.Café® says, ‘when you enjoy a cup of coffee, in the
meanwhile, you can also recycle coffee dregs and can choose to give us to make
coffee yarn fabric. Let us work together to contribute to environmental
protection!’ They not only reuse coffee dregs to form S.Café® textile products
by a patented process, but also cause you to experience an exquisite coffee
What are the other uses of coffee dregs?
The brand mission is to
produce environmental friendly garments by maximizing resource use. Their
fundamental concept is focused on sustainable development and protecting the
environment by progressing towards a closed loop production.
They are not only using
coffee for making fabrics but are also helping the world realise the multiple
uses of coffee through various awareness initiatives.
According to them coffee
residue can be also used for the following-
• Coffee dregs
fertilizer: potted coffee remains are mixed with soil, a mixing ratio of 1: 6,
is said to be good for plants and is used as fertilizer.
• Coffee notebook: coffee
dregs can be added into paper and made into notebooks that smell good.
• Coffee soap: soap made
by coffee residues plus coffee oil and is good for earth as well as humans.
• Coffee deodorant
package: on shoes, wardrobe, kitchen cabinets, refrigerator, this is the most
common DIY solution from coffee that I have often seen people doing, where
coffee can help deodorizing bad smell.
• Fragrant Massage oils
are also made using coffee oil and are useful in aroma therapy treatments for
patients having stress issues and for spa clients.
Singtex Industrial Co. Ltd from Taiwan, the owners of
the S. Café® fabrics cooperate with only top apparel brands around the world.
These brands are able to incorporate S. Café® products
into their merchandise to bring the consumer a truly extraordinary experience.
Teamwork and dedication to making genuinely
sustainable products bring forth, one-of-a-kind experience.
They have come up with a unique way of reducing and reusing coffee waste
to move towards a less waste generating coffee experience and have provided the
coffee lovers of our planet to be eco-friendlier.
The innovation ability of Taiwan’s Singtex- S. Café® fabric has
kick-started a new trend for green fashion all around the world!
Sukriti Nair is a student of PGDM at the Xavier institute of Management, Jabalpur. She is an amateur writer and literature enthusiast. Her interest lies in the field of processes, world economy, finance, literature, spirituality, nature and behavioural studies.