Within Sydney cafes and coffee shops alone, 3000 tonnes of wasted coffee grounds are produced with 93 per cent ending up in landfill. When used coffee grounds end up in landfill they can produce methane and carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming. Conscious consumption is becoming increasingly important and reducing amounts of coffee grounds in landfill is one way we can give back to Mother Nature.
So... what can you do to address this problem?
1. Plant fertiliser
Coffee grounds are perfect for fertilizing as they contain multiple key nutrients required for plant growth. They can also help attract worms and decrease the concentrations of heavy metals in soil. To make, mix used grounds with dead grass clippings, brown leaves, or dry straw. Azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, and roses LOVE this acidic mixture!
2. Kitchen cleaner
Coffee grounds are abrasive which can help to remove buildup in your kitchen. Simply sprinkle grounds onto pots, pans, cookware and sinks and scrub to remove. Remember to wash thoroughly afterwards.
3. Insect & bug repellent
Certain compounds which are found in coffee, such as caffeine and diterpenes can be highly toxic to bugs and insects. To use coffee grounds as an insect and pest repellent, simply sprinkle over outdoor seating areas and around plants.
4. Skin exfoliant
Many exfoliating scrubs contain micro plastics which overtime can have a detrimental affect to the environment. The natural but coarse particles in coffee grounds are perfect for removing dirt and dead cells from skin whilst ensuring the environment is unharmed. Mix coffee grounds with coconut oil and store in a air-tight container. Scrub all over body and face (added bonus of smelling amazing).
Coffee grounds contain nitrogen, a chemical which helps to eliminate bad smells. To deodorise your fridge, simply fill a jar with grounds and place it, uncovered, at the back of the fridge. Coffee grounds can also be use to deodorise hands after chopping garlic or onions, simply scrub hands together with coffee grounds.
6. Exfoliant bar soap
Melt one 113.4 grams bar of glycerin soap, add 1⁄3 cup coffee grounds, mix well, and pour into a mould to set until it has hardened. Silicone moulds are ideal.The soap will take 12-24 hours to harden.
7. Stimulate hair growth
Caffeine has been proven to increase blood flow and accelerate hair growth. Before shampooing, simply grab a handful of coffee grounds and massage into scalp for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly and repeat once or twice a week.
8. Treat under eye circles
Due to coffees high antioxidant and caffeine contents in coffee, it can help to reduce dark under eye circles and swelling. Add some water or coconut oil to your coffee grounds to form a thick paste. Apply under your eyes and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing. Repeat as often as needed.
9. Flea repellent
Flea products often contain harsh chemicals and can develop unwanted side effects for our furry friends. Many people aren't aware that fleas don't like coffee which means it's a great natural alternative. Simply rub the coffee through your pet's fur after shampooing, rinse and allow your fur baby to dry as normal.
10. Boost compost
Compost helps soil hold onto more nutrients and water in turn, improving the health of your plants. Coffee grounds can help increase nutrient levels and decrease greenhouse gas emissions of your compost.
Join the sustainable coffee movement & reduce your environmental impact with every brew.