Welcome to Cambond in the Innovation Hub.
Find out about: Re-purposing of agricultural waste | Production of sustainable and innovative biomaterials | Alternative solutions to energy-hungry construction material industry
Agricultural waste could provide a replacement for plastics
A reusable coffee cup made from spent coffee grounds is just one of the products created using Cambond’s bioadhesive. The Cambridge-based company is explaining how agricultural waste such as straw, fruit and vegetables could provide a replacement for plastics in the Virtual Innovation Hub.
Cambond’s resin is made from Dried Distiller’s Grains and Solutes (DDGS), a by-product of whisky distillation or bioethanol production and widely used as an animal feed, so it is a familiar ingredient in agriculture.
The resin can be combined with straws, nutshells, pineapple tops, used coffee grounds, palm oil-wastes and other agricultural by-products to produce biocomposite construction materials such as MDF-type boards.
However, the company is diversifying and a recent Cambond product is the carbon neutral WasBeans coffee cup. It looks and feels like heavy-duty plastic but is made from 30% coffee grounds, 68% bio-resin and bio-degradable polymer, and a splash of recyclable silicone to ensure it is watertight.
Experience a Cambond stand below showing off some of their products.
Take a look at some of Cambond’s products:
Join Brian Reid, Professor of Soil Science at the University of East Anglia and Gareth Roberts, Co-Founder of Cambond, for this 25 min podcast as we look at the opportunities to use byproducts and soil carbon capture to help us achieve the NFU’s goal of net zero by 2040.
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Cambond is a Cambridge-based cleantech start-up company.
Cambond has developed a patented technology platform to transform low-carbon agricultural biomass into a green glue to reduce the application of toxic formaldehyde and oil based multiple-billion pound wood adhesives for wood panel industry.
The biomass is readily available (for example algae, Distiller’s Dry Grains and Solubles – DDGS and any other protein containing biomaterials) and can be used in a manufacturing process that is simple, clean, free of toxic waste and releases 80% less CO2 during manufacture. Additionally, it can bind abundant agricultural waste such as straw fibre, linseed fibre, heap fibre and used coffee ground, bamboo fibre to make light and strong biocomposites for pallets, packaging materials and compostable soil-friendly plates and pots for plant growth. The resulted products will be eco-friendly, cost effective and easier to recycle.
Cambond is a UK Rushlight winning company and supported by European Climate-Kic Accelerator Program based in ICL. In 2017, Cambond is the Shell Springboard Regional Winner for it’s low carbon and sustainable business. The CamCup, the world first made from spent coffee and plant materials, won the Coffee Excellence Award in Coffee Shop Innovation Expo in London on 26th Sept 2018.