I love coffee. So does my hubby. I love coffee for the calmness I experience when I slow down in the midst of a busy morning to sip my perfect pour. My hubby, on the other hand, is hooked on caffeine and gets a crazy headache when he goes a few days without coffee.
I hate waste. Several months ago I started saving our K-cups so I could reuse them as pots to start my vegetable garden seeds indoors. K-cups are just the perfect size to grow a single little seed. So each morning I set our K-cups aside on the counter instead of tossing them into the trash. At the end of two weeks, I noticed how much space the used K-cups were taking up on my kitchen counter. When I finally emptied all the K-cups a few weeks later, I had 6 cups of spent coffee grounds! That’s when it really hit me just how much coffee waste two coffee drinkers (drinking one cup a day) can create in a relatively short amount of time. And that didn’t even take into account the coffee grounds I generated on the weekends when I use my French Press instead of the Keurig machine. After seeing just how much coffee waste we were tossing into trash, I started to think of millions of coffee drinkers in the world and the amount of waste produced in the form of coffee grounds, filters, disposable cups, and the like that needlessly end up in landfills. I shuttered. That’s when I began exploring greener ways to love coffee. And so I started composting.
There are many different styles of compost bins available online and at many lawn and garden stores. But if you have a DIY spirit and want to save some cash, I suggest you build your own compost bin.
All you need is:
1 sturdy 32-gallon black, plastic, round trash can with a tight-fitting lid
2-3 bungee cords
power drill with ½ inch bit
What you need to do:
1. Compost needs air, so drill 25-30 holes around the sides of the trash can and 4-8 holes in the bottom (for adequate drainage). You can drill a few holes in the lid too, if you like.
2. Secure the lid with bungee cords and ensure there’s a snug fit. You don’t want your compost contents spilling out the top when you turn it and you definitely don’t want animals getting into your bin.
You’re not doing the environment or your garden any good with a big empty compost bin, so now it’s time to start recycling your coffee grounds, food scraps and fallen leaves…..but not so fast. You need to know what organic ingredients can — and cannot — be added to your compost bin. Check out the links….learn all you can about composting and why it ROCKS!
Sip more sustainably!!