Ultimate Coffee Sustainability – 4 Unique Ways You Can Recycle Your Used Coffee Grounds

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Don't throw those used coffee grounds out yet! Did you know they can be easily repurposed to improve your daily life while promoting sustainability? Here's how!

There is nothing quite like the ritualization of waking up to a nice cup of vegan Nicaraguan coffee to jumpstart your day. Even the euphoric scent of it brewing up can boost your brain into high function well before you even take the first sip. Now, as great as this morning (or night) routine may be for you and the other 150 million daily coffee drinkers across America, what are you doing with those leftover coffee grains when all is said and done? Do you throw them away in the trash? Toss them out the window? Pour them down the garbage disposal (a big no-no for your septic system)

If you answered yes to any of those methods, then stick around for a bit. The reality is that coffee grounds can be used for a whole array of things to promote at-home brewing sustainability. And to demonstrate that claim, here are fouriconic sustainable methods that you can easily get started with today.

1. Fertilizer for Gardens

If you have a garden, then save those precious coffee grounds and use them as fertilizer to help your garden grow! Adding coffee grounds enriches the soil because it provokes more earthworm activity. This is vital because those worms increase the amount of water and air that gets absorbed into the soil by breaking down the organic matter into things that the plants themselves can use.

2. Natural Skin Exfoliator

Alright, this one might sound a bit gross or repulsive at first glance, but understand that coffee grounds are excellent to add to your skincare routine. Putting those coffee grains into a nice container in your shower makes it easy to use as an exfoliating facial/body scrub. Alternatively, you can utilize it as an antioxidant facial mask. All you need to do is mix warmed coffee grounds with unrefined coconut oil and raw almond milk to make a paste and then apply to your face in gentle, circular motions. After about 10 minutes, wash it off, and you are left with glowing, soft skin.

3. Pest Repellent 

For those who have trouble with bugs like ant colonies, use those coffee grounds to your advantage to deter them from your property and home. Many bugs are not a fan of the intense acids and the scent coffee gives off. Spreading a 1-2-inch-thick layer of coffee grounds around the venerable areas of your home works like a charm to keep your home pest-free. Keep in mind that you will need to refresh those lines about every two weeks. Though collecting enough coffee grounds shouldn’t be hard if you are a daily vegan Nicaraguan coffee-drinker.

4. The Perfect Ice Remedy for Winter

If you live in a geographic location where winters tend to get pretty harsh, then this at-home brewing sustainability option is ideal for you. Get a large barrel or container that you can throw all your coffee grounds in when done. Collect it all through spring, summer, and fall. By the time you reach winter, you will have a hefty collection of it to use as a walkway, step, and driveway deicer to keep you and your family safe from slipping. Coffee grounds are packed with natural acidity that is proven to melt the ice and features the same consistency of sand and salt to get that much-needed friction/traction.

Conclusion

The Coffee Grounds Encore

The vegan Nicaraguan coffee experience does not have to end the moment you take your last sip from your mug. As you can see above, coffee grounds are an excellent way to instill at-home brewing sustainability. Those used up grounds have the ability to keep on giving after their initial purpose is done, and the sustainable methods are simple and highly rewarding. 

With that being said, allow your coffee grounds to have their encore debut. Choose one, or heck, even all of the methods above to achieve ultimate coffee sustainability. By doing so, it means you are not only investing in delicious coffee here at Coffee Cart Boys, but are also doing your part to better the environment as a whole. So, drink up, and give coffee sustainability a shot because you just might be surprised at how much impact those coffee grounds actually have.

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Sean Ireton
Sean Ireton
Sean is our spirited Creative Director and CMO at Coffee Cart Boys. After mastering much of the digital realm, he steers our website and executes our marketing strategies. A devoted coffee enthusiast, Sean has spent over 3 years globetrotting locally and internationally to uncover the finest beans, techniques, and flavors. His mission? To share his wisdom, and ultimately help you fall in love with coffee's purest flavor, while learning to appreciate its history, processing, and more.

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