- On May 11, 2017
- Carbon Footprint, Compost, Environment
By: Ashley Bodine
We are excited to announce that beginning this week, in conjunction with International National Compost Awareness Week, we will be reducing our carbon footprint on an even larger scale by composting all of our spent coffee grounds.
Each year, more than 1 BILLION pounds of spent coffee grounds end up in landfills. When these coffee grounds break down, they create methane, a greenhouse gas that is 20 times worse than carbon dioxide and a massive direct contributor to climate change.
As a local coffee roastery, we feel that it is our duty to set an example for other future roasters by implementing a composting program.
On top of that, the average American family produces over 650 pounds of trash, which then take a long, fossil fuel-powered trip to the landfill. Methane that is produced from landfills is equal to around 20 percent of the pollution output of coal-fired power plants in the United States.
An astonishing 60+ percent of what we put in our landfills is organic waste, such as food scraps, yard trimmings, and paper. The majority of this organic waste can easily be recycled by composting. For every four families that compost, approximately 2,000 lbs of what most people consider trash stays out of landfills each year.
By composting, hundreds of pounds of new nutrient-rich, fertile, natural soil is created. Coffee grounds can be an excellent addition to a compost pile. The grounds are relatively rich in nitrogen, providing bacteria the energy they need to turn organic matter into compost. Compost improves soil, adds important nutrients for plants, and reduces the need for expensive commercial fertilizers.
Not only is it better for our environment, but composting saves money. Families reduce their garbage collection bills and municipalities save money on transporting and disposing of waste when organic materials are eliminated from the collection system.
Not sure what you can compost?
We go by the general rule – If it grows, it goes. all things that come from the ground like fruits, vegetables, peels, seeds, coffee grounds, tea leaves, nuts, etc. can be composted.
Grounds for your Garden: We will be providing grounds for your garden at our shop. Feel free to scoop as much as you would like and use it in your gardens or your own compost piles!
If you are interested in composting for your home, check out our partner Compost Cab to find out how easy composting can be!