Four zero-waste ways to use avocado stones

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From toast to smoothies, avocados are one of the most versatile foods.

But while there are countless uses for the green flesh, what to do with the stone may not be as obvious. To help combat waste, leaders at the World Avocado Organization ( have offered up some top ways to reuse the pip.

Make tea

Avocado stones have a wealth of nutrients that are good for your body, so instead of tossing your stone into the bin, consider making your very own tea.

Place two avocado stones, one teaspoon of ginger, one teaspoon of sugar and three-quarters litres of water into a pan and bring to a boil. Once the water has turned a reddish colour, simply remove the stones and you're ready to drink.

Use as an exfoliant

Avocado stones can be incorporated into a beauty regime too. Simply take a handful of avocado stones, soak them in water to soften them and cut them into pieces. Then, either place them into a food processor or a pestle and mortar and reduce them to small grainy pieces. Take these pieces and mix in with your favourite scrub or body wash.

Create a foot massage ball

It might not be obvious but the stone is the perfect shape and size to serve as a foot massage ball. To make one, clean your avocado stone thoroughly and leave it in a sunny and warm spot to dry. Once dry, place it on the floor, with the arch of your foot over it and simply roll your foot in a circular motion to relieve tension and pain in your foot.

Make natural pink dye

Believe it or not, it's possible to create an eco-friendly, natural dye using your avocado scraps. Place your avocado stones along with skins in a pot and cover with water. Place on a medium heat and allow to simmer. After a while, you will notice that the water will begin to turn a reddish colour. Take off the heat and remove the stones and skins. Once the liquid has cooled, you're ready to apply the dye.