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PP&D 132 - Design Project

Sustainability II - Design Project
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Matthew Favis

on 19 October 2011

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PP&D 132 Sustainability II
Design Project Making a Sustainable Caffe Latte A Typical Caffe Latte... Components:
Coffee
Milk
Cup, Cap, & Sleeve is made up of shots of espresso, steamed milk, and topped with foam. Issues with Brand "X" Caffe Lattes... Coffee
Grown and shipped from plantations thousands of miles away.
Plantations located on slash and burn cleared rainforest.
Poor working conditions for laborers.
Significant use of artificial pesticides and herbicides increase harvest yield. Milk
Cows genetically bred through artificial insemination. "Super Cows"
Raised with artificial hormones and antibiotics.
Fed highly concentrated genetically enhanced feed.
Raised on cramped "Factory Farms." Cup, Cap, & Sleeve
Uses "virgin" materials.
Petroleum based cap and cup liner. (Cup w/ plastic inside liner cannot be recycled)
Bleach and other chemicals used to treat paper cup and sleeve. A Typical Caffe Latte... Components:
Coffee
Milk
Cup, Cap, & Sleeve is made up of shots of espresso, steamed milk, and topped with foam. Issues with Brand "X" Caffe Lattes... Coffee
Grown and shipped from plantations thousands of miles away.
Plantations located on slash and burn cleared rainforest.
Poor working conditions for laborers.
Significant use of artificial pesticides and herbicides increase harvest yield. Milk
Cows genetically bred through artificial insemination. "Super Cows"
Raised with artificial hormones and antibiotics.
Fed highly concentrated genetically enhanced feed.
Raised on cramped "Factory Farms." Cup, Cap, & Sleeve
Uses "virgin" materials.
Petroleum based cap and cup liner. (Cup w/ plastic inside liner cannot be recycled)
Bleach and other chemicals used to treat paper cup and sleeve. Life Cycle... An Ideal Sustainable Caffe Latte... 1. Sourcing Coffee Milk Cups, Cap, & Sleeve Criticisms... 2. Delivery 3. Processing & Consumption 4. Disposal Implications...Present & Future. CAFO: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Rainforest cleared by "Slash & Burn" clearning Coffee Coffee Milk Paper Consumer Coffee shipped from S.America to N.America are not Carbon Neutral (Counter acts the environmental "benefits" of "organically" grown coffee)
Be wary of some recycled cups...Although they are recycled, the petroleum based (plastic) liner that makes it impermeable to liquids prevents it from being recycled "again."
PPCPs (Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products) are toxic substances that can cause ecological harm. Pesticides used during coffee production, hormones given to cows, and also caffeine are PPCPs that are transferred into the consumer's body. Other components left out...
Espresso Machine (How was it manufactured?)
Flavored Syrups (Artificial sweetners and other sweet chemicals?)
Oil (Used to ship products, generate electricity, etc...) Coffee:
Fair Trade
Organically Grown
Bird Friendly
Shade Grown
Carbon Neutral Milk:
Fed with organic grains containing no artificial hormones or antibiotics.
Allowed to pasture and graze during grazing season.
Locally raised. Cup, Cap, & Sleeve:
Bio-degradable cup and sleeve made from recycled paper
Uses bio-plastic (ex. Corn-based Polylactic Acid) for cup liner and cap. 1. Sourcing 2. Delivery 3. Processing & Consumption New Life Cycle... 4. Disposal Coffee Milk Recycled Paper Consumer Coffee grown on sustainable farms.
Milk and coffee are sourced locally (or at least closer to consumer).
Cups, caps, and sleeves are made from recycled and compostable materials.
Used containers are recycled and spent coffee grinds are composted. Changes... Switching to organic produce and bio-degradable cups is expensive... FALSE! Organic and fair trade coffee can be purchased for reasonable prices at from local venders (ex. find them at farmers markets). Bio-degradable cups are getting cheaper everyday. In the end, being "green" boosts public reputation, hence attracting more customers. Sells organic and fair trade coffee in bio-degradable bags. Donates spent coffee grinds for use as fertilizer. Makes really good drinks in bio-degradable cups, and topped with cool latte art. To save money and the environment, use reusable coffee mugs at coffee shops. Many places give discounts if you bring in your own container. Starbucks takes 10 cents off your drink. Make your own lattes at home...In the long run it's cheaper than buying a $4+ drink every single day. You can also make sure you use sustainable, organic, fair trade, reusable, and bio-degradable products. Notes
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