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DIY Coffee Grounds Scrub

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If you've visited our cafe before you may have noticed a pile of small brown bags filled with coffee grounds. We give these bags away and encourage people to use them in their garden to add a hit of nitrogen to the soil (adding them to compost is even better as it gives the coffee grounds time to break down, avoiding the risk of 'burning' sensitive plants).

Another way we have been using this by-product of the coffee industry is by making our own coffee scrubs. Making the mixture literally takes a minute and should last a few weeks, if stored away from direct sunlight. 

INGREDIENTS
1 cup coffee grounds
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 cup melted coconut oil (organic virgin coconut oil is best)
A few drops of your favourite essential oil (a citrus-based one like orange, lime or lemon works a treat)

METHOD
Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and transfer to a storage jar or container (preferably an amber one). To use, take a handful of the coffee mixture and apply to slightly damp skin using a circular, scrubbing motion. No need for an exfoliating glove - your hands will work just as well. Rinse throughly and apply a moisturiser once dry. 

Video - Talking Trash

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When food scraps are sent to landfill, they decompose to produce methane, a greenhouse gas with more than 25 times the global warming capacity of carbon dioxide.

If we recycle our food waste instead, the valuable organic matter and nutrients contained within them can be recaptured. Adding scraps to compost, feeding them to animals such as poultry, or adding them to worm farms are all ways we can reduce the amount of food we throw away into landfill.

Watch the video below for ways in which The Sweet Meadow is reducing our waste footprint.