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- Used coffee grounds are a by-product of your daily cup of coffee (or three!) and are not a waste item. They have excellent nutrient properties and can be used for personal care, around the home and in the garden.
- Around 9 billion tons of coffee are produced each year. The majority of resulting by product of used coffee grounds is thrown away, adding to landfill waste.
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- Don’t throw away used coffee grounds if you make your coffee at home. Collect in a jar, and store in the fridge until you use them.
- Here are some great ways to utilise used coffee grounds around the house.
- Ask your local coffee store to give you their used coffee grounds. Most coffee shops will give these away for free, helping you and reducing their waste.
- If you have a good supply, you can dry the used coffee grounds and extend their useful life.
- Used coffee grounds can be added to compost, a worm bin, or added directly to soil as mulch. Here are some useful tips:
- Consider using coffee grounds as a body scrub or face mask. The basic recipe is as follows: Make a smooth paste of coconut oil, sugar and coffee grounds, and add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance. For some extra beauty boost, try this DIY Face Mask!
- And more even more cosmetic uses of coffee grounds, check out how to use coffee grounds in your beauty routine.
- Try growing your own gourmet mushrooms at home from used coffee grounds.
- How to fertilise tomato plants with coffee grounds:
- Purchase a kit to grow your own mushrooms from used coffee grounds.