The remnants of your morning cup of coffee could be a lifeline for refugees living in camps in sub-Saharan Africa.
A group of University of Toronto students has created Moto, an alternative to firewood made from recycled coffee grounds.
Its premise is simple. Take dried-out coffee grounds, paraffin wax and sugar; mix, mould in a loaf pan and bake to create a firewood substitute.
‘Super low-tech’
Keeping it “super low-tech” and making use of waste coffee grounds was key, said Sam Bennett, an MBA student at the Rotman School of Management.
The logs have the potential to eliminate the need for women and children living in refugee camps to leave and scavenge for firewood, he said.
Won’t need to gather firewood
“As soon as they’re out of the camp, they’re unsafe and that leaves them open to assault,” Bennett told CBC Toronto.
“[Moto] prevents the dangers associated with that, but also frees women up to spend time doing other things, whether that’s trying to find another source of revenue or …
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