22 Aug '12, 2am

Starbucks To Recycle Coffee Grounds Into Bio-Plastics

The food biorefinery process works by blending the baked goods with a mixture of fungi that excrete enzymes to break down carbohydrates in the food into simple sugars. The blend then goes into a fermenter, a vat where bacteria convert the sugars into succinic acid. A 2004 US Department of Energy report named succinic acid as a key material that could be used to make products from laundry detergents to bioplastics to medicines

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