This Coffee Wastewater Project Addresses Harmful Environmental Impacts

By: Alyson Wyers - Sep 26, 2014
References: utzcertified.org & springwise
UTZ Certified's Coffee Wastewater Project is turning toxic wastewater into usable energy for farmers. This initiative not only protects precious water resources, but also addresses climate change and the future of the coffee industry. So if you are an environmentalist who loves a good cup of coffee and also nurse a sweet spot for development, you will definitely want to learn more.

Coffee wastewater is typically toxic and often causes contamination in local water sources when left untreated and disposed of in rivers. UTZ created testing processes and mechanisms that reduce this harmful environmental impact. The resulting biogas can then be used to power nearby villages and offer a safer cooking alternative for families. Currently eight coffee farms located in Guatamala, Honduras and Nicaragua have installed these practices.