3, Choose Fairtrade coffee and you’re also supporting farmers to fight the challenges they may face. These include the effects of a changing climate, low and unpredictable incomes and in some coffee-growing communities, there may not be enough food available for three to four months a year.
4. Being part of Fairtrade has meant better knowledge about protecting the local environment and the chance to plant other crops and buy livestock to put more food on the table.
5. Around 125 million people worldwide depend on coffee for their livelihoods. Coffee is the most valuable and widely traded tropical agricultural product and 25 million smallholder farmers produce 80% of the world’s coffee. But many of them fail to earn a reliable living from coffee.
We all love our coffee but why not use it in your home and outside for other uses as well as drinking it.
1. Mix ½ cup of used coffee grounds with 2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil. Massage all over body while standing in the shower. Leave on for 10 minutes before showering. This mixture will exfoliate your skin and may also help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
2. Pour used coffee grounds down the sink or bathtub drain, followed by 3 drops of dish soap and a pot of boiling water. This will clean and clear the drain of clogs and built up grease.
3. Mix a teaspoon of used coffee grounds into your facial mask. It will exfoliate the skin and the caffeine will smooth and tighten.
4. If you have a garden, used coffee grounds are great to use as a fertilisers. If you do not have an immediate need for fertilizer, you can compost your coffee grounds for later use.
5. Sprinkle used coffee grounds around plants to keep ants away.
6. Put used coffee grounds in a bowl in the freezer to remove funky odours.
7. Fleas are a common problem in household pets, and treating them can be costly and time-consuming. But fleas don’t like coffee so simply rub the grounds throughout your pet’s fur after shampooing. Then rinse them off and allow your pet to dry as usual.
8. After chopping fresh garlic, rub your hands with used coffee grounds to get the garlicky smell off your fingers.
9. You can use coffee grounds to scour your pots and pans. Their abrasive texture helps scrape away caked-on food.
10. Use coffee grounds to weigh down the ashes in your fireplace before cleaning. This makes for easier ash removal and less mess.
They have three types of compostable pods, including the organic Ethiopian and Colombian blend which are made from corn starch. This may be able to go into your food waste caddy but check with your local authority first. They take 90 days and break down through industrial composting, but cannot be placed in garden waste. The Indian Monsoon box of 10, is £2.90 from Dualit. They also have a selection of teas in compostable capsules.
The Dualit EcoPresx Aluminium Capsule Recycler is a clever device which extracts coffee from used aluminium pods which can then be spread on the flowerbeds. Then you simply put the empty capsules into the recycling bin. It is compatible with all aluminium coffee pods and cost £13.00 from Dualit.
Grind coffee pods are compostable and 100% plastic-free. When composted, they’ll break down in weeks – but even in landfill they’ll break down hundreds of times faster than their plastic cousins. Great coffee, doing good by the planet. All of their coffee is certified organic by the Soil Association. They source our beans directly from smallholders around the world – empowering them to grow their farms, invest in their communities and continue to farm some of the best coffees in the world.
Grinds compostable Nespresso pods letterbox refill pack is from £13.50 and a great way to get your top up in lockdown. You can subscribe for refills in letterbox-friendly packaging, with free UK delivery. Change, skip or cancel your subscription at any time, hassle-free, with a gift subscription from £27.00
Blue Goose have, ethical coffees in plastic-free packaging. their award-sinning speciality coffees help you create wonderful barista-quality coffees without the guilt, whether you enjoy their Nespresso compatible eco pods or their new bean and ground coffees in compostable pouches.
Unlike aluminium and plastic capsules that can take 200-500 years to degrade in landfill, Blue Goose’s plastic-free, compostable Nespresso pods and lid can be put into your food waste bin and they will be processed into compost of liquid fertilizer without around 12 weeks depending on the facilities used by your local council.
Try there Eco Coffee Pod Collection gift pack, full to the brim with our 40 speciality Arabica coffee pods, for £18.