Did you know that coffee is actually a fruit? and that the coffee “bean” is actually the pit of the coffee berry?
Or that Britain alone consumes 500g of coffee per person, per year with the vast majority of that being ground coffee? With that much coffee being purchased what happens to all the waste? For the most part coffee grounds are disposed of in everyday waste but this takes up a lot of room at landfill sites. To make a difference the Obs & Gynae Green team decided to reduce our waste to landfill by saving and recycling all of our coffee grounds. This also has a financial impact as the NHS (who dispose of our waste) pay £1.16 per 10Kg for waste to landfill and wet coffee grounds are heavy!
We now save the coffee grounds in a specific container rather than throwing them away and at the end of each week a member of staff takes them home to recycle. Most of us have added them directly to the soil in our gardens as they are a brilliant fertiliser and/or make a liquid feed by mixing 10g of grounds in 1 litre of water.
By making this simple change we have halved our waste to landfill from our kitchen bin and have also done our bit for Biodiversity.
Here are some other ways to reuse coffee grounds that we haven’t tried yet!!
- Reduces wrinkles and improves the skins natural glow.
- Add coffee grounds to your conditioner for shiny hair
- If you have an open fire place, coffee grounds can help clean it, and prevent ashes flying around.
- Removes stains from dark wood.
- Used in marinades coffee grounds add a lovely twist to meat dishes.
- Mixed in with body moisturiser they can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.