This Is One Thing You Never Thought Coffee Could Do

As in most businesses you must innovate or perish. Science is the same.

This is the mentality of Arul Arulrajah at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

He and his team have set to work on a project that could take used coffee grounds and convert the organic material into a new kind of road base.

What makes this exciting is that it actually works. According to their abstract in Science Direct;

The research findings have the potential to transform the construction industry in the sustainable usage of waste by-products in future road subgrades.

As of now, these tests are limited to Melbourne, but with time and more successes, this new opportunity could spread over the world. And guess what, that morning cup of coffee could become part of your city's next road improvement project.

Something to think about.

 

HT

New Scientist

2 comments

  1. Becca Oliver 31 March, 2019 at 10:15 Reply

    We have been buying your compostable coffee pods, but we don’t have access to industrial composting. How long does it take a pod to decompose if we were to put it in our backyard composting? How long does it take to decompose in the landfill?

    • Laura Rogers 1 April, 2019 at 10:29 Reply

      Hi Becca, thanks for reaching out! I can’t put a time on how long it will take to decompose as it depends on a lot of different elements in your backyard composting area including soil moisture, temperature and if you use any fertilizers on the soil. This is the same for any regular landfill. I assure you we are working hard at becoming certified for backyard composting though and we will keep our customers updated. Thank you for supporting us!

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