Students Create Fire Wood From Used Coffee Grounds

February 8, 2017

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There are many uses for used coffee grounds.  From fertilizers to keeping pests out of your home.  Students at the University of Toronto have derived a process of compressing coffee grounds, sugar and wax into firewood.  Although it would seem it’s just another good way to reusing trash, the creators have a more meaningful purpose for their invention.  The fuel log, called Moto, is being targeted to refugee camps in Africa.  The students learned that wood fires and cook stoves are the main source for cooking and heat in refugee camps.  But there is a problem, wood is being harvested faster than it can naturally be replaced.  That means refugees have to go further out to find it; crossing into areas where their lives are in danger. One day these easily replenished logs could be shipped to refugee camps across the world. For now the Moto log burns about 90 minutes but the creators hope to increase the burn time. The Moto team is currently a regional finalist for the Hult Prize, which offers a $1 million incentive for bright ideas in social entrepreneurship. The regional finals are coming up in March 2017.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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