This week in sustainable business news:
London Pours Coffee Into Its Buses (The New York Times)
It’s not a joke. British iconic red double-deckers will run on spent coffee grounds—to improve air quality. A company called Bio-bean just started adding small amounts of oil extracted from the city’s coffee dregs into the standard mix of diesel and biofuels. Londoners toss away 200,000 tons of coffee grounds a day—why let it go to waste?
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Cannabis Megafarms Are Here (Modern Farmer)
Potheads, rejoice! Starting January 2018, California cannabis farms will be allowed to mushroom in size—apparently to reduce pollution produced by unregulated growers. Just a few years ago, California’s cities had a very different approach to regulating marijuana use. Now, transporting weed by cars and trucks will be fully legal, but bike deliveries will not.
Related Sustainability Content on JSTOR: Humboldt Journal of Social Relations
It’s Time To Re-Fashion the Fashion Industry (The Guardian)
Fashion commerce has evolved into a globally flawed system, based on the notion of continuously consuming the “new” and discarding the “old.” A truckload of clothing is wasted every second across the world. This week, designer Stella McCartney called for a fashion trade facelift.
Related Sustainability Content on JSTOR: The Journal of Corporate Citizenship
Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 110, No. 12 (Dec., 2002), pp. A734-A735
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, Vol. 35, Current Perspectives on Marijuana and Society (2013), pp. 123-143
Department of Sociology, Humboldt State University
The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, No. 45, Textiles, Fashion and Sustainability (Spring 2012), pp. 17-36