Whitney Kakos, Cafédirect’s Impact and Sustainability manager has put together some fantastic reuse ideas for your coffee grounds. She says “When you’ve finished your coffee, don’t throw away the grounds without trying some of these eco friendly reuse ideas first!”
Whitney is responsible for developing and implementing a framework to assess and report the economic, social and environmental impact of the business model. She has also developed the company’s first comprehensive environmental strategy and is charged with integrating it across the business. Her role includes supporting projects like AdapCC, Cafédirect’s three-year public-private partnership with GTZ to assist smallholder coffee and tea farmers in adapting to climate change.
Used coffee grounds are a great natural exfoliant for the skin! Simply apply, massage onto the skin and rinse.
Because you’re worth it
Who’d have thought it? Coffee actually makes a great hair rinse! If you have darker hair, use leftover coffee as a final hair rinse to add super shine.
Slugs and snails
Used coffee grounds can you help keep bugs at bay by acting as a repellent for snails and slugs.
Used coffee grounds put nutrients back in to the soil, which means they’re a great ingredient for your compost pile. They enhance the acidity of your soil while acting as a natural fertiliser.
Cat be gone!
Tired of the local cat using your lovely flower bed as a litter tray? A healthy scattering of used coffee grounds and orange peels around the base of your prize begonias will keep even the most persistent moggie away.
Freshen up your home the eco-friendly way; place a bowl of used coffee grounds in the freezer to remove unwanted odours.
Neutralise nasty niffs
Try this hand cleanser for the eco-conscious cook: Simply rubbing old coffee grounds on your hands is a great way to get rid of smells from chopping or cutting up pungent foods.
Now you see it…now you don’t – remove small scratches on furniture with wet coffee grounds.
Rich in nutrients, old coffee grounds make the perfect soil in which to grow your own mushrooms.
Send them marching
Pest control the natural way; ants apparently hate coffee and won’t cross a line of coffee grounds.
Add some old coffee grounds to your houseplants; most will love the boost of acidity.
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