Company up-cycles decaffeinated coffee grinds to create eco-friendly cat litter

cat and bags of Black Sand cat litter
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cat and bags of Black Sand cat litterEditor’s note: After posting the following news story, which I found interesting because of the benefits to the environment, I learned from a visitor to my site that coffee can be poisonous to cats, largely because of the caffeine it contains. I did some research and found that the  manufacturer of the cat litter mentioned in the article below states on their site that they use 100% decaffeinated coffee grounds in their litter (which they didn’t mention in the press release I used for the article), likely eliminating any caffeine-related dangers. I also discovered via a Googe search that, although the decaffeinated grounds are used , there is also another reason that a coffee-related cat litter might be problematic —  some cats can’t stand the smell of coffee grounds  (although I found a number of seemingly contradictory posts in the same search from people stating their cats like to try and steal sips of their human’s coffee — hence indicating not all cats are put off by the smell and that some actually are attacted by it).A key point I wanted to make here is that the product mentioned in the article below appears safe, but always consult an expect, such as a veterinarian before making an important health decision about your pet, including choosing cat litter that contains an ingredient you are concerned about. Also, I learned that some people already mix coffee grounds into their cat’s litter to help prevent kitty litter odor, a practice I wanted to warn readers against, given how dangerous caffeine can be  to cats.

Many of us can’t imagine starting the morning without a cup of coffee. But, although the caffeine jolt and enjoyable flavor might be helpful to people, the process of making coffee isn’t that great for the planet.

According to a press release from Alfred, when coffee is extracted from coffee beans, the coffee grounds produce carbon dioxide and causes air pollution when burned, and when it is buried in the ground, caffeine interferes with plant growth and causes soil pollution.

However,  one company–Alfred–is developing a new cat litter called Black Sand, which is based on an idea some might call eye-opening.

Alfred’s environmentally-friendly kitty litter is made using upcycled, discarded coffee grounds.

The “soft-touch, luxury cat litter” has the effect of reducing 336 g of carbon dioxide per 1 kg, according to the company’s press release. Also, Black Sand claims a strong deodorizing power that reduces the odor of feces by 99.5% within 30 minutes.

The company also unveiled “Cassava Black (overseas product name: Etiquette Plus),” a premium product made by blending the coffee cat litter and cassava litter. It has been upgraded by blending cassava sand with strong clumping power. Cassava Black has the environmental effect of reducing 150 g of carbon dioxide per 1 kg.

The press release also related that, “Our products reduce the problem of deforestation and waste of bentonite, and help reduce carbon emissions on the earth. The pet market is growing 20% every year, and we want to grow into a eco-friendly pet service company. This product is the first step towards this movement, and in the future, we will go beyond Korea market to become a global pet company.”

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3 thoughts on “Company up-cycles decaffeinated coffee grinds to create eco-friendly cat litter”

  1. Dang, I wouldn’t think any residual caffine would be good to get into the kitties system through the paws or through licking and cleaning the paws afterwards.

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