What to do with Cloth Filters at the end of life? A Guide to Composting Coffee and Other Waste, at home

Your Wobh filter and coffee grounds can both do much more than give you the perfect brew.  Like your coffee grounds, everything about your Wobh filter is completely compostable. Even the thread used to sew and our labels.  And it’s organic cotton, so no worries about any nasty chemicals leaching down to your coffee or compost pile.


Here’s an article with almost everything you need to know about this. It includes,

  • How to start and compost
  • Things you need and don’t need
  • What to add and What not to add
  • Precautions
  • And other quirky things you can do with coffee grounds.


Where to start and how to compost?

Composting isn’t a complicated word or a smelly one. In fact, if you have a pot, shovel, and handful of kitchen scraps you can make it right in your backyard.

Really, it’s that easy.  And this article is really the most comprehensive guide on composting you'll ever need.


Pro tip before you start

- Coffee grounds are super nitrogen rich. They are excellent materials for the compost pile. The second act of your coffee grinds begins right after it’s been used. It’s the perfect nutrient rich compost that does well with flowering plants.

- Shredding up or cutting up the cloth filter to tiny pieces, at the end of its life, would speed up the process of composting it.


Things you need

1. Big Earthen Pot with lid → this is where your compost would form.

2. Browns → Browns here imply waste that is rich in Carbon. Example dry leaves, Cocopeat, Newspaper, cloth filters, etc.

3. Greens → Greens here imply waste that is rich in nitrogen. Example - b=vegetable and fruits waste, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, etc.

4. Inoculum → The bacteria that speeds things up. This could come from earlier made compost, garden soil or by adding curd to your compost pile.


This mini composting guide with 6 steps is all you need to compost your organic kitchen waste scraps.


1. Place your pot in a warm and humid spot in your home or backyard.

2. The first layer is the browns. Dried leaves work best.

3. Then add your greens. Store your kitchen scraps for a week and then add to the pot

4. After that, add your inoculum. If you don’t have access to compost, use garden soil or curd.

5. Cover the pot with a good lid to avoid excess water from getting into it.

6. Once every 2 weeks, use the shovel to aerate the mix. Aeration gets rid of the smell and gets everything mixed.


Things to Remember

- Most people opt for a three-pot system for their composting.

- For a family of 3 or 4 people, it might take around 4 weeks to get your pot completely filled.

- When the first pot gets completely filled, go for the second.

- This way when you get to your third pot, the first one will be completely ready with compost.

- If you notice any smell, you need to add more dry leaves.

- If the mixture is too dry, add a bit of water.

- Newspaper, Cardboard bits, Cotton, and cocopeat do their job in the compost pile, but they don’t decompose so fast. Keep adding them to the next batch of compost.

- Cut down the bigger scraps into smaller pieces for them to decompose fast.


What not to add to your compost pile?

Avoid adding meat, pet feces, fats or oils, things laden with chemicals or preservatives, fish, etc.

When in doubt, always double-check with a quick internet search.


Other uses for your coffee grounds

If you don’t want to use your coffee grinds as compost raw material, there are a lot of things you can do with it.

Here is a list of some other fun things you can use your used coffee grinds for.

1. You can use it as an insect and pest repellant in your garden, here's a really good article on how to.

2. Get rid of odor from smelly places like fridges or gym bags. Sprinkle dried coffee grounds.

3. You can use it as a non toxic way to tie dye fabrics.

4. Hair or body scrubs, the possibilities to DIY it as endless. Here’s a simple concoction → coffee grounds + olive oil + honey = body scrub.

5. You can even make cool-looking vintage paper from it. Instagram user @lettersbyshraddha even made a business with such coffee-painted vintage letters. The things coffee (and its grounds) can do for you :)


Why should you compost?

It’s a small step for you but a big one towards living more eco-consciously. It would save more than 60% of waste from reaching landfills in the first place. Composting in your backyard may take 10 mins of your day, but takes a huge load out of our landfills.

Products such as Wobh filters are designed for a sustainable circular economy. Which means they are made to last, such that they are reused. And at the end of their life, can be composted and become something useful for the next cycle.

Reusing, Recycling and Composting are excellent ways to move towards a circular economy. After it serves its purpose, they move on to the next purpose.

Single use plastics and products offer nothing more than convenience. And fill up the Earth with more trash than it can handle.

Choose reusable products designed for a circular economy. It's a very conscious and intentional way of decreasing your carbon footprint.


What to do with Cloth Filters at the end of life? A Guide to Composting Coffee and Other Waste, at home