Minimize Your Carbon Footprint With Composting
Want a great way of minimizing your carbon footprint? Composting isn’t just for people with big backyards. It is an excellent way to reduce the amount of food waste in our landfills while also gaining the benefit of nutrient-rich soil to add to your plants.
Why is Composting Important?
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the main benefit of composting is to reduce landfill waste and diminish the overwhelmingly large amount of methane gas that is released into our atmosphere. Waste in landfill sites that continuously buries itself lacks crucial oxygen needed to break down, and since Americans throw out about 150,000 tonnes of food each day, it quickly adds up.
But on a more personal level, composting is an inexpensive way to obtain nutrient-rich soil for gardening purposes. Good bacteria, fungi, or worms (oh my!) will naturally break down your table scraps into organic matter that is not only superior to store-bought compost, but releases zero amount of methane gas into the atmosphere.
Think of it as Nature’s way to upcycle.
Here is a quickstart guide to compost:
1. The Perfect Place
In order to start composting, you’ll need a vessel or place to store your compostable material. In the interest of sustainability and reducing waste, we recommend repurposing old containers or creating naturally-based composting areas.
From there it’s simple — add in your compostable material (Like Your Used Blue Heron Tube!) to your composting area, and do some mild upkeep. Whether you opt for an open enclosure or an indoor bin, the most important things to keep in mind are regular mixing of the compost to ensure enough oxygen reaches the material, and keeping the compost moist to allow microscopic organisms to thrive and encourage the breakdown of material. For individuals with plenty of outdoor space, we recommend placing your compost pile in a shady area with easy access to a water source.
To give you some inspiration, diys.com has 15 easy and inexpensive compost bins to build right at home. If you don’t have access to some of these materials, we strongly encourage you to repurpose any old bins or 5 gallon buckets into miniature composting bins. Depending on your place of residence, your city might have restrictions on open air compost piles. Please check your city’s website for more information.
2. What Can Be Composted?
A good compost will have equal parts of ‘green’ and ‘brown’ material in their bin. Green material adds nitrogen, or the necessary proteins for various microorganisms to break down your leftovers. This can consist of vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, grass clippings. Brown Material provides the energy to empower microorganisms to decompose. Some examples of brown material can include: dead leaves, branches, and cardboard. The Environmental Protection Agency provides a full cheat-sheet on great items to add to your compost.
All of Blue Heron Botanicals’ products are plastic-free, zero-waste, compostable, and made by an herbalist and mom.
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