How To Reuse Coffee Bags: Easy and Eco-Friendly Alternatives

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A lot of people enjoy a nice cup of coffee. In fact, many people can’t even start their day without it! But what happens to all those used coffee bags? In this blog, I am going to show you how to reuse coffee bags and reduce the amount of waste that your household produces.

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What is a coffee bag?

Coffee bags are small, sealed bags that contain a serving of ground coffee. They’re to coffee what tea bags are to tea. The bag is placed inside the cup and boiling water poured over it- after 2 – 5 minutes of brewing time, you enjoy your freshly brewed iced or hot beverage!

It can be made from a variety of substances which include paper, cornstarch-based products, and degradable spun-bound non-woven fabric

There are many different formats of coffee bags on the market. But, not all can be trusted to keep your brew safe from spilling or bursting open. Fortunately for you and me, our square 3-seal design will always guarantee a great cup of joe!

The best way to use your coffee bags is to think of it as making your own mini percolated coffee, but instead of using expensive and difficult-to-clean away grinds that are hard on the palate, they’re tightly secured in a single serving pouch! You simply need to put the bag into whatever size mug you prefer–there’s about 9 grams worth for every cup (and with around 300ml capacity).

How to reuse coffee bags?

According to coffee and tea lovers, it is better to start the day with a cup or two of caffeine than without. But what do you do with all those spent grounds? Sure, composting them would be an option but why not find creative ways first?

I am going to show you 3 ways to reuse coffee bags and reduce the amount of waste that your household produces.

Make a planter or vase

The idea of being able to turn a plastic coffee bag into anything is so cool. It’s great for people who live in small spaces because it can be used as both planter and vase, but also if your garden or balcony looks empty this could be the perfect way to add something new!

Plastic bags make everything easier when we’re on the go since they cut down on waste by minimizing the use of disposable items like paper cups or takeaway containers that are often disposed of after just one usage.

Make a reusable tote bag

Did you know that a coffee bag can be turned into an eco-friendly reusable tote? Here’s how! 

Cut the plastic open along one side. Fold it in half lengthwise so both cuts end meets up with each other and tie off the top using some string or ribbon, then pull on either end of the bag until they are snugly wrapped around your hand. You’ve just made yourself a handy new grocery sack that won’t cause any harm to animals when disposed of!

Use them in place of plant pots

One great idea is to use them in place of plant pots. If you’ve got a green thumb and enjoy spending time in the garden then why not reuse your take-away coffee bags for your seedlings? They can be stuffed with potting soil, watered regularly, and provide an excellent source of nutrients as they decompose into rich compost!

No more wasting money on plant pots! Simply pierce the bottom of your favorite bag with a few holes, fill it with soil, and use that same pot to grow your plants. A standard 250g coffee bag holds almost as much dirt as one small or medium-sized plant pot; so go ahead and reuse them for all those little seedlings you’re going to want in no time at all.

It’s also worth remembering that your used coffee grounds make beautiful, natural fertilizer. Simply work the grounds through the soil around your plants to help keep them happy and healthy!


Can coffee bean bags be recycled?

No. Coffee bags are typically plastic-lined foil bags (ie majority foil) and therefore are contaminant. … Bags that are labeled degradable or compostable have been specifically manufactured to break down in the general waste stream. We can’t use them for recycling because they start to degrade before they’re processed.

What can you do with coffee packaging?

TerraCycle is paving the way for a brighter future. The free-to-use scheme, open to households and businesses nationwide, invites coffee lovers to collect their used coffee bags and capsules with TerraCycle’s postage label; where they are melted down into raw materials that can then be made into a variety of new products – all while saving landfill space!


We are always looking for new ways to help the environment, so please share any tips with us. We’d be happy to spread your creativity!

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