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Scottish startup Revive Eco secures investment to commercialise recycling of coffee grounds into palm oil alternative

20/12/2022
Left to right are Fergus Moore, Dawn Thompson, Ryan Taylor, and Scott Kennedy of Revive Eco

REVIVE ECO has secured a £375,000 investment led by Gabriel Investment Syndicate to commercialise a patent-pending process to recycle coffee grounds into a sustainable palm oil alternative. The Glasgow-based green tech startup was launched by co-founders Fergus Moore and Scott Kennedy in 2019, following a project the pair carried out during their undergraduate degree at the University of Strathclyde and when both worked in coffee shops in the city.  

With over 500,000 tonnes of used coffee grounds produced in the UK every year, costing the coffee industry around £80 million per annum in waste removal, Revive Eco extracts high-value, natural chemicals from coffee grounds to create a palm oil alternative that can be used across the cosmetics, home cleaning, pharmaceutical, and food and drink sectors.  Approximately 70 million tonnes of palm oil, which is found in many household products, are produced annually, with its production being one of the main drivers of deforestation and carbon emissions globally.  

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The investment round, in which Scottish Enterprise and the University of Strathclyde also participated, will support the company as it looks to grow its team, including by adding engineering expertise, and scale up its manufacturing capability. 

Fergus Moore, Co-founder, Revive Eco, said: “With the support of our investors, we can progress our mission to make coffee the most sustainable commodity on the planet, and move our production from the lab to industrial scale.” 

Revive Eco is set to begin trials with a number of big brands in the UK and across Europe, and hopes to announce a series of partnerships and contract wins during 2023.  Fergus Moore added: “With the rise of ESG, corporations and manufacturers are under increasing pressure to find alternatives to palm oil, so the moment for us to help bring about change is here and now.”   

Gill MacAulay, Director and Gatekeeper, Gabriel IS said:”We are thrilled to be supporting Revive Eco with this investment, and we are excited that the business will now have the capability to make a real difference to sustainability levels in the coffee industry. It is a truly commendable action to be driving green change in this way, and we look forward to seeing what comes next for Fergus and Scott.”

Revive Eco recently appointed former Archangels CEO and experienced Non-executive Director John Waddell as Chair.  John Waddell said: “Fergus and Scott have an absolute passion for the business, and when you match that with a significant international market opportunity which will also address the global climate challenge, the prospects for the company are very exciting.” 

The UK consumes more than 95 million cups of coffee on a daily basis, with the vast majority of coffee ground waste either sent to landfill or incinerated.  

In 2019, Revive Eco received £235,000 of funding from Zero Waste Scotland, the Stirling-based non-government organisation (NGO). The company also completed a successful crowdfunding campaign on the Crowdcube platform earlier this year. 

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