These Logs of Coffee Grounds Are a Lifeline for Encamped Refugees
by McKinley Corbley – Jan 29, 2017
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Instead of throwing out the grounds leftover from morning pots of coffee, these University of Toronto students are turning them into a valuable resource for refugees overseas.
Women and children in refugee camps reportedly perform 90% of their cooking using firewood. Family members are often put in danger when leaving the camp to gather more firewood, and it can be a strenuous hours-long endeavor.
The Canadian engineering students are hoping to eliminate that risk by with the creation of Moto: a fake flammable log made of sugar, coffee grounds, and paraffin wax that can burn for up to 90 minutes.
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Transport of the fake logs would be the stumbling block for me.
But given the applications in the USA — camping, barbecues, survival bags, disaster preps, and fireplaces — if the “logs” are 70¢ each, then it would seem they could be sold at a profit here and the fund transferred to refugees.
But excellent “in-jin-eering” work to get to this point.
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