The traditional Bank Holiday trip to a garden center could be about to take a caffeinated twist. Starbucks has announced this week that it has teamed up with the The Allotments & Gardens Council UK to promote a long-running initiative that aims to encourage people to use coffee grounds to boost plant growth.
The scheme, dubbed Grounds for your Garden, invites customers to pick up coffee grounds from their local Starbucks that can then be used as a natural fertilizer.
The Allotments &Gardens Council UK is to provide advice to its members on how to used old coffee grounds to boost plant growth and will also point them in the direction of Starbucks stores where new bags of grounds will be available.
According to the Council, coffee grounds provide a great long-term way to enrich soil and eliminate the need for other fertilisers, and they can also speed up the composting process – making them the perfect natural material to use in private gardens, allotments and outdoor spaces.
The scheme sees baristas scoop used coffee grounds into the empty bags originally used to deliver espresso beans to stores. The bags are then free for green-fingered customers to pick up.
“Our members are always looking for new ways to boost their crop growth and this scheme really benefits gardeners in local communities who may not have access to this natural fertiliser,” said Jeff Bond, board member for The Allotments and Gardens and Council UK. “Used coffee grounds are high in nitrogen so they are fantastic for plant growth and we can use them for growing a range of plants on the allotments from, tomatoes to marrows and even pumpkins.”
Clare Walker, communications director for Starbucks UK, welcomed the support of the Council in raising the profile of the company`s waste reduction initiative. “Thank you to the Allotments and Gardens Council UK for shining a spotlight on this programme, which we have offered in our stores for 20 years,” she said. “We`re committed to reducing waste from our stores, and it`s a great opportunity to support local gardeners and allotment keepers too.”
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