GROUNDS / COMMUNITY COMPOSTING

System Design  /  User Experience   /  Research

1 week project

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An urban composting network connecting communities to farmers through local coffee shops.


COFFEE GRounds as compost

Coffee grounds are an excellent nitrogen source for composting.

Coffee grounds improve soil tilth or structure. 

Worms are attracted to coffee and help aerate the soil. 


COMMUNITY COMPOSTing


CLOSED LOOP SYSTEM

Symbiotic relationships are established allowing each party to benefit and contribute to the cycle.


HOW

Farmers and Coffee Shops sign up for Grounds independently and are matched based on proximity.


GROUND BINS

The stickers allow coffee shops to customize the compost bins location and size.

Some choose to keep the bins by their dumpsters while others may keep them visible to their patrons.

The stickers inform patrons of where their compost is going and cue farmers to their pick up.


INTERviews

Three coffee shops were interviewed about their composting and trash habits.
 None composted their grounds.   Two shops did keep their grounds separated from their trash. 

IDEA MAPPING