Millions of pounds of coffee grounds end up in landfills every day, but used coffee grounds contain tremendous nutrients that can be used to help your plants grow. You can soak them in water to create fertilizer, or sprinkle them directly on the soil around your plants. Coffee grinds can also be composted, which creates more fertilizer. Coffee grinds can even be used as an effective pest deterrent and mushroom medium.

It’s free, chemical-free fertilizer for you, and as an added benefit you are helping reduce landfill waste.

If you typically buy your coffee on the go, Starbucks gives away their used coffee grinds free for use in the garden!

And since we’re on the topic, try to purchase Fair Trade Certified coffee, which promotes the economic stability of small farmers and environmental stewardship.