Week 3

Starbucks experiments with its waste coffee grounds and unsold food to become potential ingredients of laundry detergent and plastics

Rachal Tai

Section: Cope

Global Now: Abstract

Heading: Starbucks experiments with its waste coffee grounds and unsold food to become potential ingredients of laundry detergent and plastics

Date:  08/31/2012

Source:  LA Times – Business // American Chemical Society

Abstract:

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Starbucks, obliging to its motto, is trying to make the world a better place by pushing the initiative to make use of its waste coffee grounds and unsold baked goods. Scientists from City University of Hong Kong are currently testing out waste goods from Starbucks to see if the waste can be broken down and converted into succinic acid, which can be formulated into a range of products such as plastics and laundry detergent. Starbucks’ idea would certainly relieve the pressure off our landfills, in which we dump in 1.3 billion tons of food worldwide each year, and solve our food crisis, which is caused by our reliance on corn for the same range of products waste food could potentially create. This seems to be a better solution than simply throwing out waste food; however it would be better to calculate the amount of food sold and not to overproduce.

Link:  http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-starbucks-laundry-detergent-20120831,0,1095764.story

Global Issue: Recycling waste food, Food crisis

Primary Design Lens:  Technology, Sustainability

Secondary Design Lens:  Green Design

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