December 21, 2022

5 Sustainable Ways to Repurpose Coffee Grounds

By Wake The Crew
5 Sustainable Ways to Repurpose Coffee Grounds

Coffee is a staple for many people worldwide. Whether you drink it for its energy-boosting properties, its taste, or both, coffee is a daily ritual for millions of people. However, have you ever thought about what happens to the coffee grounds after you've brewed your coffee? Many people simply throw them away without realizing that coffee grounds can be repurposed in various ways. Here's how coffee grounds can contribute to sustainability:

  1. Composting

One of the most obvious uses for coffee grounds is composting. Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen and can help balance the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio in compost piles. They also help to increase the acidity of the soil, making them particularly useful for composting plants such as blueberries, azaleas, and rhododendrons. So instead of throwing your coffee grounds away, consider adding them to your compost pile to help create nutrient-rich soil for your plants.

  1. Fertilizer

If you're not into composting, you can still use coffee grounds as a natural fertilizer. Mix the coffee grounds with water and let it sit for a few days to create a coffee "tea." This liquid fertilizer can be used on plants that love acidic soil, such as tomatoes, roses, and hydrangeas. The coffee grounds will add nutrients to the soil, such as potassium and phosphorus, and can help improve soil texture and drainage.

  1. Pest control

Did you know that coffee grounds can also help keep pests away from your plants? Coffee grounds contain caffeine, which can be toxic to certain insects such as slugs, snails, and ants. By sprinkling coffee grounds around your plants, you can deter these pests from munching on your plants.

  1. Cleaning

Coffee grounds can also be used as a natural cleaner. The gritty texture of the coffee grounds can help scrub away stubborn stains, making them an effective cleaning agent for pots and pans. They can also be used to clean kitchen sinks and countertops. So, instead of reaching for chemical-laden cleaning products, consider using coffee grounds as a more sustainable alternative.

  1. Beauty products

Lastly, coffee grounds can also be used in beauty products. The caffeine in coffee grounds can help reduce inflammation and puffiness, making them a popular ingredient in skincare products. Coffee grounds can also be used as an exfoliant in body scrubs, helping to remove dead skin cells and promote healthy, glowing skin.

Coffee grounds are a versatile and sustainable resource that can be used in a variety of ways. Instead of throwing them away, consider repurposing them as compost, fertilizer, pest control, cleaning agent, or even as a beauty product ingredient. At Wake The Crew, our used coffee grounds are donated to community gardens in Singapore as fertilisers for their edible plots. With every bottle of coffee you drink from Wake The Crew, you'll be contributing to sustainability while also getting the most out of your coffee!

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