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Starbucks to Produce Detergent and Plastics From Waste - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
Many restaurant and coffee chains now compost waste in an effort to reduce environmental impact. A number of innovative companies are exploring other uses of that waste as well.
As Popular Science notes, Starbucks Hong Kong has teamed up with the City University of Hong Kong to test a new biorefinery, breaking down stale bakery products and coffee grounds into a sugary mixture that can be used for manufacturing.
The resulting compound, through a sequence of processes, could then lead to a number of products including cleaning products like detergent or plastics.
Such a biorefinery can dramatically decrease the waste going to landfills and also provide a sustainable solution.
If successful and profitable, one can expect Starbucks and other large companies to implement on a wider scale.
Starbucks, one of the world's largest brands, continues to innovate in order to maintain its growth rate.
They also recently announced the opening of a new café in Seattle where only tea will be served.
The new store will feature 80 different kinds of tea for customers to choose from, along with a blending station in the store for people to create their own combinations of Tazo teas.