Coffee-Powered Buses, Cannabis Megafarms, and a Fashionable Facelift

Red London Double Decker Bus

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?

Related Sustainability Content on JSTOR: Environmental Health Perspectives

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


JSTOR Citations

A Look Back at the London Smog of 1952 and the Half Century Since

By: Devra L. Davis, Michelle L. Bell and Tony Fletcher

Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 110, No. 12 (Dec., 2002), pp. A734-A735

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

A Tale of Three Cities: Medical Marijuana, Activism, and Local Regulation in California

By: Thomas Heddleston

Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, Vol. 35, Current Perspectives on Marijuana and Society (2013), pp. 123-143

Department of Sociology, Humboldt State University

Environmental Impacts in the Fashion Industry: A Life-cycle and Stakeholder Framework

By: Anika Kozlowski, Michal Bardecki and Cory Searcy

The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, No. 45, Textiles, Fashion and Sustainability (Spring 2012), pp. 17-36

Greenleaf Publishing

Lina Zeldovich

Lina Zeldovich grew up in a family of Russian scientists listening to bedtime stories about volcanoes and black holes. Since then, she has edited science features at the Nautilus Magazine, won two awards for a story about poo, and covered topics ranging from an illegal orca trade in China to a toilet revolution in Madagascar. She holds a master degree from Columbia J-School and has written for Popular Mechanics, Smithsonian, Newsweek, Audubon, Mosaic Science and Hakai Magazine, among other publications.

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