We know that the coffee industry has an impact on the environment. Every step of the coffee supply chain, from growing and processing to shipping and roasting, uses energy in some capacity and therefore has its own carbon footprint.
But what about the waste we produce when we drink coffee – specifically, our used coffee grounds? They’re an unavoidable byproduct of coffee consumption. And while many of us assume it’s safe to toss grounds out with other organic waste, that often isn’t the case. Grounds can actually have a significant impact on the environment when they end up going to landfill.