Founders Nik and Alex are two UC Berkeley buddies who were inspired by the idea of growing mushrooms in coffee grounds. Their business ethics professor mentioned it and Nik and Alex took it to heart. They launched their business while still in school, and since it has won all kinds of awards, including being named to BusinessWeek Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs.
Back to the Roots started their sustainable mushroom kits with discarded coffee grounds from Peet's Coffee. They expanded to more products, and the latest is Garden in a Can which lets you grow herbs. These kits, too, use recycled organic matter—biochar from Colorado, which is the charred remnants of organic agriculture waste. It’s great for indoor growing because it retains moisture, aerates soil, and increases nutrient absorption.
Back to the Roots kits are satisfying, sustainable ways to cultivate your own at home—indoors or out.