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Life Cycle Assessment - Cup of Takeaway Coffee

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Jo Maran

on 10 January 2014

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Life Cycle Assessment
Cup of Takeaway Coffee

Methane emission
: released by cows through belching or flatulence
Carbon emission
: carbon footprint 17.6 pounds of CO2 per gallon (freight and distribution)
Water pollution
: disposal of organic waste without treatment
Land conversion
Recommendations for Greater Sustainability
: http://www.sustainability-ed.org.uk/pages/look4-1.htm
: http://conversation.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/recycling-disposable-coffee-cups-starbucks/


Growing demand
- under investment
- poor production practices
- adverse climatic conditions
Land conversion
as a result of the need for increase in production
Environmental impact of
new technologies
to speed up production
Small profit margin
of small producers
Sustainable production programs
Preference for Fair Trade certified coffee
Treatment of waste water
Use of greener transportation vehicles
Reusable cups
Recycling cups
Water pollution and deforestation (paper manufacturing)
CO2 emissions
Water waste
Loss of natural habitat
Usually not completely recyclable
Solid waste in landfills
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Rice, R., (2003). Coffee Production in a Time of Crisis: Social and Environmental Connections. SAIS Review. 23 (2), 221-245. [online] Available from: Project Muse. <http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/sais_review/v023/23.1rice.html> [Accessed 08 January 2014].

Haight, C., (2011). The Problem with Fair Trade Coffee. [online] Stanford Social Innovation Review. Available from: <http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/the_problem_with_fair_trade_coffee> [Accessed 09 January 2014].

Galliers, L., (2011). Where will your coffee cup end up? Not in the recycling. [online] Which.co.uk. Available from: <http://conversation.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/recycling-disposable-coffee-cups-starbucks/> [Accessed 08 January 2014].

Gangemi, J., (2013). Using LCA to Grade Starbucks: Sustainable Innovation or Greenwashing? [online] Earth Shift. Available from: <http://web.earthshift.com/blog/bid/258686/Using-LCA-to-Grade-Starbucks-Sustainable-Innovation-or-Greenwashing> [Accessed 09 January 2014].
: http://greenstarbucks.wordpress.com/2007/07/19/reusable-vs-disposable-cups/
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