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The Lounge at UPSU recycle coffee grounds

As a part of UPSU’s commitment to sustainability the Lounge coffee shop will be enabling staff to recycle the used coffee grounds created at the outlet. Staff at UPSU are being encouraged to collect used ground coffee beans from the Lounge to take home and use on their gardens or for many other great usage for used coffee grounds. 

You can HELP US TO REDUCE the amount WASTE we send to LANDFILL by RECYCLING our ground coffee in ingenious ways!

Here are a few Genius Ways to Recycle Used Coffee Grounds

Old Coffee Grounds in the Garden:

Pest Repellent
Sprinkle used coffee grounds around your plants to protect them against destructive garden pests like ants, snails, and slugs.  It has even been said that old grounds mixed with dried orange peel will keep away some small mammals like cats (though Felix can be a tough customer.  If coffee and orange peel doesn’t work, try rosemary oil instead!)

Fertilize Your Garden
If you grow azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, roses, or other acid-loving plants, then used coffee is the fertilizer for you!  Mix your old grounds with dead grass clippings, brown leaves, or dry straw to neutralize some of the acidity, the spread them around your plants.  Used coffee grounds add nitrogen and potassium to the soil (the first and third numbers in the fertilizer formula: N – P – K) as well as a boost of magnesium which all plants need to stay healthy.

Compost It for Later
If you don’t have a use for coffee ground fertilizer right away, go ahead and throw it on the compost heap.  Coffee grounds make excellent “green” matter as they are rich in nitrogen.  Also, beneficial worms may be attracted to your compost with the addition of old coffee.  Just be sure to limit the amount of grounds that you add to your pile so that you don’t throw off the ratio of “green” to “brown” matter.

Caffeine for… Carrots?
If you love carrots and you love coffee, then you’re in business!  Your carrots will love you back if you share your old grounds with them at planting time.  Before you sow carrot seeds, mix them with some old dried coffee grounds to give them an energy boost right from the get-go.  You’ll get bigger and better produce with the added bonus of deterring pests that want to eat your carrots before you do.


How To Use Old Coffee Grounds Around the House:

Absorb Food Odors
Used coffee grounds can be used much like baking soda for absorbing food odors in the refrigerator and freezer.  Just load up a small open container with your old grounds, place it in the back of the fridge, then forget about it for a couple of weeks while you collect more grounds.  As an added bonus, after you remove smelly old grounds from the refrigerator or freezer, you can then toss them on the compost pile or use them for fertilizer!

Clean Out the Fireplace
No, used coffee grounds won’t do all of the work for you.  However, they will make the process of cleaning out your fireplace much easier and less messy.  Gently scatter old used coffee grounds over the ashes to weight them down and prevent the huge clouds of smoke that often arise when performing this arduous task.  Not only will shovelling the ashes be easier than ever before, you also won’t have to wipe down every horizontal surface in the room when you’re done.


How To Use Old Coffee Grounds For Health & Beauty:

Exfoliate Skin
Coffee grounds make an excellent exfoliating body scrub!  Just add used grounds to a bit of warm water or your favorite all-natural oil (coconut oil works great!)  Then scrub your skin from head to foot to remove all of those icky dead skin cells.

Rejuvenating Facial
Just as it works as a body scrub, coffee makes an excellent facial.  Mix two tablespoons of used coffee grounds with an equal amount of organic cocoa powder.  Add three tablespoons of whole milk or heavy cream and top it off with a heaping tablespoon of honey for the perfect all-natural alpha-hydroxy and antioxidant facial.

Caffeinated Soap
Did you know that you can actually absorb caffeine through your skin?  You can and the multitude ofcaffeinated soaps available around the internet are testament to how well it works.  For an all-natural alternative, why not turn your old coffee grounds into homemade soap so you can get one more good caffeine kick in the morning before work?

Coffee for Your Hair
If you use a lot of hair styling products, or if you’ve recently switched to a natural shampoo and conditioner, your hair is probably weighted down by residue.  Remove that build-up using old coffee grounds to give your hair a lift and restore its natural healthy shine.  Before you shampoo, simply grab a handful of used grounds and massage them into your hair.  The coarse texture is enough to break apart the product residue, but it’s also gentle enough that it won’t damage your locks.

Cellulite Treatment
Poor diet, frequent or extended periods of sitting, smoking, or genetic predisposition – cellulite has many causes and for every cause there are at least a dozen “cures” which may or may not actually work.  Well, here’s one that does: used coffee grounds.