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McDonalds sells a lot of coffee. Over a billion cups a year, to be exact. All that coffee leads to a lot of productive mornings, but it also leads to a lot of waste. Each year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff (the skin of the coffee beans that comes off during roasting) ends up getting turned into mulch. Some coffee chaff just gets burned, leading to an increase in CO2.

Now, that chaff is going to get turned into car parts. Ford is incorporating coffee chaff from McDonalds coffee into the headlamps of some cars. Ford has been using plastic and talc to make its headlamps, but this new process will reduce the reliance on talc, a non-renewable mineral. The chaff is heated to high temperatures under low oxygen and mixed with plastic and other additives. The bioplastic can then be formed into shapes.

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State of the Unions: Organized Labor Has Seen Much Better Days

Lest we forget why we've got a three-day weekend, Labor Day is a recognition of American workers and what they've done for all of us.

Lest we forget why we've got a three-day weekend, Labor Day is a recognition of American workers and what they've done for the country. Minyanville writes that the labor movement has seen significant decline in recent years, and checks in on a few specific labor unions. Here's an excerpt from the section on public sector workers:

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Wanna Give Back? Get the Inside Track on Mentoring in L.A.

A new event series sponsored by The People's Fleet invites nonprofits to share their work with the community. First up, Stoked Mentoring.

We've long been fans of The People's Fleet, a program sponsored by Ford that puts cars into the hands of worthy nonprofits across the city. As part of the program's presence here in L.A., The People's Fleet is hosting a series of events that bring local nonprofits together with the community. GOOD LA is happy to co-sponsor these four gatherings, which will each feature a speaker and opportunities for action.

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