Your know the capsules... they make our coffee making a much easier and quick experience... and yet they are revealing themselves an added item to the amount of litter we create...
But one good thing you can do is to open them up before you dispose of them and recycle its contents. Good old precious coffee ground..
Used coffee grind is very useful as in compost, as odour absorbent, mixed in wax for scented candles or in homemade soaps as natural abrasive. Have you tried it as exfoliating powder? Pest repellent? In soil it adds nitrogen and potassium as well as magnesium, which all plants enjoy to stay healthy. Hence...
...with any metal tool, even a teaspoon, a coffee-spoon in this case, tear open the tin to reveal its used coffee grind.
Scoop it out into any of your plant pots. You could stir it into the soil or leave it on the surface, but this latter way may cause some mould growing in it. Water it and all the good elements in it will be nourishing to the soil and your plants.
Remember that once emptied and rinsed off the coffee ground, only the aluminium part of some brand's pods can be placed in household recycling collection bins.
HOW TO UPCYCLE YOUR SPENT COFFEE PODS
Use them as seedling starters
Create jewellery from aluminium pods
String coloured pods into a Christmas garland
Great for kids' craft
Fill with water and make ice cubes
Check out Pinterest for more great ideas.
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James Treble is an ambassador for Planet Ark and firmly believes in sensible purchasing, recycling and creative re-purposing. James Treble has more than 25 years of experience in the Building Industry and Interior Design. His knowledge and experience in adding value to homes, through clever design & styling, is now published for all to learn and benefit from. Interior Design For Profit is now available online.