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Our Mission

Grounds for Growth (commonly known as G4G) is a project started by students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Our goal is to make a positive impact on the environment and the community through our creation of our coffee soap bar made out of 100% recycled materials. We work with the residents of Restoration Urban Ministries, a local shelter, on manufacturing the soap and running the business. In addition to making the soap, we work to empower the residents with business and technical skills that they can use in the workforce. 100% of the proceeds go back to the residents of Restoration Urban Ministries and since the beginning of 2016 we have generated almost $1500 in profits for them.


Our Product

Through our partnership with Restoration Urban Ministries, we have created a coffee soap bar made out of 100% recycled materials. The coffee grounds in the soap act as a natural exfoliant for your skin, helping clean it even more than a normal bar of soap. Each bar of soap is packaged in a box made of recycled materials and comes with an insert explaining our mission and a quote from one of the residents about what the project means to them.


Our Project Partners

We work with the residents of Restoration Urban Ministries to make our coffee soap bar. In addition to making the soap, Illinois Enactus teaches classes on business and computer skills and involves the residents with decisions in the business. 100% of the proceeds from the soap go back to the residents.

We work with the residents of Restoration Urban Ministries to make our coffee soap bar. In addition to making the soap, Illinois Enactus teaches classes on business and computer skills and involves the residents with decisions in the business. 100% of the proceeds from the soap go back to the residents.

Espresso Royale provides Grounds for Growth their leftover coffee grounds so we can use them in our products.

Espresso Royale provides Grounds for Growth their leftover coffee grounds so we can use them in our products.

The i-Hotel generaously donates their soap to be made into our coffee soap bar.

The i-Hotel generaously donates their soap to be made into our coffee soap bar.


Our Team

Project Manager  Josh Kirby

Project Manager 

Josh Kirby

Project Associate Nathan Gaertner

Project Associate

Nathan Gaertner

Project Associate Jinesh Shah

Project Associate

Jinesh Shah

Project Associate Abbie Sugar  

Project Associate

Abbie Sugar

 


Please check out our coffee soap in the store!