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McDonald’s Is Turning Their Coffee Waste Into Car Parts For Ford

Fast food sustainability is the next frontier to be tackled and McDonald’s seems to be ending the year on an ambitious note with their latest venture. The Golden Arches announced that they’re turning coffee bean waste into car parts.

In collaboration with Ford Motor Company, the burger chain is taking coffee chaff — the dried skin on the bean that falls off during the roast — and converting it into a durable product that’s used to strengthen vehicle parts.

Under low oxygen and high temperatures, the coffee chaff is heated and mixed with plastic and a few other additives and made into pellets that can be molded into different kinds of shapes. Ford Motor says that coffee chaff actually much better heat properties than the materials that they currently use.

McDonald’s goes through millions of pounds of coffee chaff every year and typically it’s used for things like garden mulch or charcoal. Through this collaboration, a new alternative use for the wasted material presents itself for the fast food chain. This effort will divert waste from landfills, use significantly less petroleum, and lower CO2 emissions through the production of bioplastic car parts. McDonald’s expects to source 100 percent of its consumer packaging from recycled or renewable sources by 2025.

Wonder how many car parts I’ve contributed to with all the McDonald’s coffee I’ve had over the years?

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Iconic Designer Mark Newson Reimagines Limited Edition Hennessy X.O Bottle

Marc Newson has literally shaped products for Ford, Apple, and Louis Vuitton. His iconic Lockheed Lounge sold for $3.7 million in 2015 — a record for a living designer at auction. Now, the renowned designer has brought his talents to the world of cognac by designing the Hennessy X.O 2017 limited edition bottle.

As a streamlined variation on the bottle’s iconic shape, the design amplifies the blend inside while giving the spirit a modern aesthetic. Newson pared the bottle’s shape to its purest form and then chose to reprise its traditional decorative motifs – grapes and leaves – in a corrugated relief.

“It’s both an honor and a little daunting to approach an icon like Hennessy X.O,” said Newson. “Clearly, this Cognac has transcended time and continues to live in a very contemporary way. As a designer it’s important to me to create things that will likewise stand the test of time. The Hennessy X.O bottle has a wonderful fundamental shape. What I wanted to do was use design to magnify the Cognac – its color and sensorial qualities – as much as possible.”

To reinforce the modern spirit of the new design, Newson and Hennessy also created a modern gift box presentation. To highlight both the blend and the glass, Newson designed a clear transparent gift box.

“Straight lines seemed to me a more modern interpretation of what already existed,” explained Newson. “To me, the stripes [on the bottle] really emphasize the strength of the decanter’s shape. When they catch the light, they highlight both the bottle and the contents, making the whole feel warmer and more tactile. Taken together, all of these design elements are meant to convey the unique, immersive experience of Hennessy X.O.”

Originally from Sydney, Australia, the London-based Newson has been described as the most influential designer of his generation. His designs span a wide range of disciplines, from transport to sculptural pieces and architecture. A recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, Newson has been included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, the Victoria & Albert and the Design Museum of London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The Hennessy X.O 2017 limited edition is Newson’s second project with Hennessy. In 2015, he designed the striking decanter for James Hennessy Cognac, available exclusively in select travel retail destinations.


Domino’s Is Actually A Tech Company That Just Happens To Serve Pizza


When you hear the name “Domino’s” your mind automatically starts building your favorite pizza. The pizza brand has become synonomous with fast-casual pizza. With each innovation the company has developed in recent years has anyone noticed that Domino’s has slowly positioned themselves as a tech company?

The pizza company has made amazing strides in the past decade. Domino’s has gone from selling acceptable fast-food pizza to revamping their entire recipe in 2009 down to the crust. Here’s the thing, it worked.

Sauce is good. Crust is good. Pizza’s good. 

Now that they’ve knocked out the recipe, Domino’s seems to have more time to focus on the tech aspect of the company. Nope, you heard it correctly. Tech.


It began with a newly designed website that allows patrons to track their orders. A simple solution to the restless patrons hungrily waiting for their pies to be delivered.

Customers could even customize their trackers, picking the theme and chef. From there, the pizza process was summed up in five steps from placing an order, prepping the pie, baking, quality check and having it ready.

The pizza chain didn’t stop there, however. With the advent of mobile technology, Domino’s was one of the earliest fast food companies to take advantage of the platform.


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Eventually, more platforms arrived at the scene. Domino’s began to expand its presence even further.

Utilizing voice commands, Domino’s personal Siri-like assistant “Dom” will take your order for you through an Android Wear watch. Scarily convenient enough, Dom isn’t limited to the confines of your smart watch. Rather, the AI software is accessible through various platforms including Ford SYNC cars and Samsung TV sets in what they call the “Anywhere” program.

Imagine watching a movie in the comfort of your own home. When the hunger sets in, all you have to do is push a few buttons and a pizza is on its way to your home. Movement is set to a bare minimum.

Domino’s is doing all their tech development in-house.

The company has dedicated an entire department to creating apps to accompany multiple platforms instead of opting for a 3rd party solution.

Domino’s has since made its presence known as an ‘e-commerce’ company that just-so-happens to sell pizza pies. The company has taken advantage of multiple platforms and appears to be growing with the every technological opportunity that presents itself.

Domino’s has announced plans to introduce themselves to more platforms this year. As of 2014, Domino’s has an estimated worth of $32.9 billion.