Cambond, a tenant at Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge has won a ‘Coffee Excellence Award’ for its furniture made from disposable coffee cups – the first of its kind in the world.

Part of Allia’s Cambridge cleantech cluster, Cambond are at the forefront of the sector, developing adhesive and biocomposite environmentally friendly technology for a more sustainable future.
Nominees for the award were chosen for products or services which are breaking boundaries in the food and drink industry, and Cambond were one of eight finalists from all over the world. The award recognises the innovator who has created a product that is outstanding for its quality, functionality and innovation. Cambond has created a table and chair that reuses all parts of the coffee cup including the lid and the lining, which are made into the board and worked into a piece of furniture. Each item of furniture contains around 40 – 50 disposable coffee cups.

Less than 1 per cent of coffee cups in the UK end up being recycled. Cambond’s innovative furniture eliminates the complex recycling process and reuse the cups in a most effective way: creating something new out of materials that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Dr Gareth Roberts, Business Development and IP at Cambond said “We realised that it’s important to show people the potential of the materials and what can be achieved. It’s great that our novel solution addresses the global challenge of waste reduction while creating something practical.” Gareth said the feedback has been great and a number of people have already expressed interest in buying the furniture.
The award was part of the Coffee Shop Innovation Expo 2018. Cambond are confident that their furniture will continue to make waves, and are planning to enter the NextGen Cup challenge which focuses on possible sustainable solutions to disposable cups including straws and lids, where winners will receive a grant of up to $1 million.


Could this plant-based product replace plastic? Cambridge firm scoops £40k prize to fund development

16 March 2018, Cambridge News-  A Cambridge company developing a plant-based alternative to plastic has won £40,000 after advancing to the final of a national innovation competition.

Cambond is one of the regional winners of the Shell Springboard programme, which is run by the oil company to encourage the development of new low-carbon products and services.

The Cambond team collects its Shells Springboard prize

The company will now progress to the national Shell Springboard final, taking place in London in May. The national winner will receive a further £110,000, taking its total prize to £150,000.

Cambond has developed a plant based resin with a range of biomass fibres and polymers to make CAMPOSITE, a planet friendly alternative to plastics.

Xiaobin Zhao, the company’s CEO, said: “We are delighted that the judges recognised our product, CAMPOSITE, and its potential as a planet friendly alternative to plastics. We are very excited to go through to the final of Shell Springboard and look forward to the next stage of the competition.”

Cambond were announced as one of the three regional winners at a ceremony held at Trinity Hall last week. Also progressing to the national final were Brill Power, which develops cutting-edge battery management technology to increase the lifetime of lithium-ion battery packs for grid-scale energy storage and electric vehicles and Seawater Greenhouse, which uses sunlight, wind and seawater to grow crops in arid coastal environments.

As well as their cash prizes, the finalists receive essential business advice; from growing their business and building their brand through to guidance on getting the most out of other Shell initiatives, like the access to finance navigator, which helps low-carbon entrepreneurs identify and access new sources of funding.

Gareth Thistleton, Shell’s head of UK social investment said: “The quality of the entrepreneurs coming through Shell Springboard makes me really excited about the future of the UK’s low-carbon energy sector. Shell is thrilled to be helping these young businesses and I can’t wait to see what their future holds.”

Camcup – Spark’s solution to our environmental coffee cup crisis

Camcup is a re-usable cup made using the waste produced by our global caffeine addiction – spent coffee grounds. Inventors Gareth Roberts and Dr Xiaobin Zhao came up with the product as a way to showcase their new fusion of plant and plastic technology, which recycles waste, reduces carbon emissions, and saves the customer money.

“Taking part in Design Council Spark has completely energised us and transformed the project,” says Gareth Roberts, entrepreneur and co-inventor of Camcup. “We started out the process with a background technology and just one product to serve as an example of it, and now we have a whole new business”.



Cambond exhibits on Edie Sustainability Leader Form 2018

The edie Sustainability Leaders Forum is renowned for its cutting-edge content, inspiring speakers and unrivalled networking. 

The 2018 Forum returns bigger and better than ever with two days full of talks, panel discussions, workshops and networking – delivering you the most comprehensive, interactive and immersive programme.

Combined with the awards, the two days have brought together 600+ pioneers and innovators leading the conversation on sustainable business.

Cambond exhibits along with some of other 20 leading exhibitors on this event to showcase its latest development in circular economy, low carbon technology including new recyclable bioplastic, biocomposites and green resin. This has been demonstrated to be an attractive showcase to the sustainable community.