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Starbucks at Megabangna has furniture made out of the coffee grounds that would normally be thrown away. Coffee grounds have many other potential uses as well.

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Starbucks store at Megabangna is the first ‘‘recycle’’ concept store using furniture made from recycled coffee grounds.


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Furniture from coffee grounds

The next time you throw away the grounds from your morning coffee, think about what might be done with them instead.

Mixed with soil, they can make an excellent fertiliser. They also kill unpleasant smells so you can rub them on your hands or even put them in a nylon stocking and hang them in a closet or other places where annoying odours are found. (Click here for more ideas: http://bit.ly/PhkFfZ)

Starbucks, which obviously produces a lot of coffee grounds, has gone one step further in its store at Megabangna.

Working with well-known Thai architect and eco-designer, Asst Prof Dr Singh Intrachooto of Kasetsart University's Faculty of Architecture, the company has recycled coffee grounds into the furniture in the Starbucks at Megabangna.

Starbucks Megabangna is the first  ‘‘recycle’’ concept store, and uses two community tables, two condiment bars, and five round tables all made from recycled coffee grounds.

A condiment bar made from recycled coffee grounds.

Kasetsart University's Scrap Lab, under Singh's supervision, has worked on various recycled materials to create environmentally friendly products. The furniture is one of the lab's latest projects.

"My team and the production team from Sonite Innovative Surfaces received coffee grounds from Starbucks. We feel that these are exciting and challenging recycleable materials to work with," said Singh."I hope that when customers see the furniture, they will be inspired to be more eco-friendly and take better care of our planet."

Adapted from a story in the “Life” section of today’s Bangkok Post.

recycle – to treat things that have already been used so that they can be used again นำมาใช้ใหม่, นำขยะกลับมาใช้ใหม่
concept – an idea of something that exists; an idea for something new ความคิด, กรอบความคิด
grounds – the small pieces of solid matter in a liquid that have fallen to the bottom  ตะกอน, กาก
soil – the substance on the surface of the Earth in which plants grow ดิน
excellent – extremely good  ยอดเยี่ยม, ดีเยี่ยม
fertiliser – a natural or chemical substance which is spread on the land or given to plants, to make plants grow well ปุ๋ย
unpleasant – not pleasant or comfortable, in this case, a smell สาบ
rub (hands) – to move your hands backwards and forwards over your hands while pressing firmly ถูมือ
closet – a small room or a space in a wall with a door that reaches the floor, used for storing things ตู้, ชั้น
annoying – making you feel slightly angry or impatient น่ารำคาญ
odour – a smell, often one that is unpleasant กลิ่น
obviously – clearly เห็นได้ชัด, อย่างชัดแจ้ง
architect – a person whose job is to design new buildings and make certain that they are built correctly สถาปนิก
faculty – a group of departments in a college which specialize in a particular subject or group of subjects คณะ
condiment – something such as salt, pepper, or a sauce that you put on food at the table to make it taste better เครื่องปรุงอาหาร
scrap – old metal, paper, etc. that can be used again after going through a special process   เหล็กเก่า ๆ สำหรับหล่อหลอมและเปลี่ยนรูปใหม่,เศษเหล็ก,  เป็นชิ้นเล็กชิ้นน้อย
lab (laboratory) – a room or building used for scientific research, experiments, testing, etc  ห้องปฏิบัติการ, ห้องทดลอง
supervision – the process of making sure that something is being done properly  การควบคุมดูแล การตรวจตรา
environment – a place, including all the physical conditions that affect it สภาพแวดล้อม, สิ่งแวดล้อม
project – a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something  โครงการ
innovative – using new methods or ideas เกี่ยวกับการปรับปรุงใหม่, ที่เต็มไปด้วยจิตใจปฏิรูปใหม่
surface – the outside or top layer of something  ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก
challenging – difficult, in a way that tests your ability or determination ที่ท้าทายความสามารถ
material  – a substance that things can be made from วัตถุ
inspire – to give people a particular feeling or a desire to do somethng จุดประกาย
planet – a large round object in space, the this case our Earth, that moves around a star (such as the sun) and receives light from it ดาวเคราะห์

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