You’ve taken the step to reduce the amount of single-use plastic k-cups by purchasing reusable and refillable coffee filters, congratulations! We commend you for making the conscious decision to reduce your environmental impact. A cup of coffee tastes so much better when it’s sustainable.
Here's a fact that will blow your mind: coffee grounds aren’t single-use. Though it may not be useable for another cup of coffee, unless you enjoy a milder flavor, it can be used for plenty of other tasks after being brewed. As a matter of fact, Starbucks Japan even found a way to turn their coffee grounds into cattle feed and incorporated it into artwork for their stores. Here are a few other ways you can turn coffee grounds into something useful:
Coffee grounds are great at neutralizing unwanted smells in your home. Simply lay the grounds out to dry after brewing, and then place them in a bowl and leave around your home to reduce odors. It’s also helpful for removing the smell from your hands after preparing garlic or onions.
Skip out on the expensive coffee body scrubs that are all over instagram. Make your own by mixing the grounds with coconut oil to exfoliate and improve skin elasticity. Coffee’s natural antioxidant and astringent attributes also make it great for cleansing skin and balancing pH.
Because of coffee’s chemical and physical properties, it makes a great addition to compost piles which can later be used as fertilizer. Adding coffee grounds to soil will incorporate organic nutrients while encouraging the presence of beneficial bacteria. Because you’ll be mixing in used coffee grounds, it won’t change the pH level of the soil either.
These are just a few of the ways coffee grounds can be useful, beyond making the perfect beverage! Now instead of throwing those grounds straight into the trash, you’ll get more out of what you pay for coffee.