11 Sep '12, 1pm

[email protected] coffee grounds recycled into plastic, detergent:

.@Starbucks coffee grounds recycled into plastic, detergent:

Used coffee grounds and stale Starbucks bakery goods can now be turned into detergents and plastics thanks to a City University of Hong Kong lab. Photo: Flickr Soon the spent grounds used to make your Starbucks espresso could wind up in your next bottle of laundry detergent. With some processing, that is. According to research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, a new City University of Hong Kong bio-refinery is testing a method of breaking down organic matter and turning it into everyday products like laundry detergent, plastic and more. Hong Kong-based Starbucks stores have agreed to send the lab their spent coffee grounds and stale pastries in an effort to divert some of their food waste. Hong Kong Starbucks locations produce an estimated 4,500 tons of spent coffee grounds each year, according to an American Chemical Society press release . Some of ...

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