5 Ways to Up-Cycle Coffee Sacks


Here at Ethical Bean we roast A LOT of coffee! Our green coffee comes from all over the world including countries like Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia. You can learn about where our coffee comes from by scanning the QR code on back of your coffee bag with your smartphone, or entering the lot number into our website, to trace the journey of the beans in that particular bag from crop to cup.

As you may know, we have a large focus on sustainability throughout all of our operations and that’s one of the reasons why we’re excited to be giving away the burlap sacks that the green coffee beans arrive in at our roasting plant. You can now come by our café at 1315 Kootenay Street in Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5K 4Y3, and pick up a few to be up-cycled for your gardening efforts, home décor and other ideas! We love creating new life from our waste steams.

There are so many fun ways in which you can re-purpose coffee sacks! We’ve compiled a list with our five favorites here to spark some ideas for you.

Comment with some of your other ideas and tag us in photos of how you’ve up-cycled our coffee bags for a chance to be featured!

Growing Potatoes – Visit Project Somos for fun video instructions.


Firewood Carrier – DIY idea from Foothill Home Companion 


Funky Window Shades – for full DIY instructions visit Funky junk Interiors.

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Cute Coasters – like these on Willow Creek Blog.


Upholstery Covers – as shown on this bench available through from Recycled Brooklyn on Esty.


2 Responses to 5 Ways to Up-Cycle Coffee Sacks

  1. Gin says:

    What great ideas!
    We’ve grown potatoes in the coffee bags then composted the bags once the season was over. They are also awesome to use as a barrier for weeds in your garden.
    Put a layer or two of bags down on the ground then cover with soil or mulch.

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