However, I get that the idea of saving your food scraps, walking them outside and having to "turn" them over is not ideal for everyone. And so I'm hear to tell you, stop being lazy, just do it!
Here's why - The earth will love you! No, really. If it could give you a big hug and a peck on the cheek it would. When you compost your food scraps and outdoor foliage, you're cutting down on waste that goes to the landfill. If you're smart enough to recycle your paper and plastic, composting is just another form of recycling. According to the EPA and their 2011 statistics, 96% of our food wastes that could be composted, end up seeing a landfill. Okay, that number is unacceptable. Period. And you know all that talk of emissions and methane and what's that, about killing our earth and hurting our bodies? Yeah, when you reduce waste that goes to the landfill, you reduce those things I just talked about. Holy crap, you could reduce your carbon footprint and become a hippie like us, do it!
And just because you're thinking it, I'm going to answer it. NO. Your food scraps can't breakdown in a landfill like they can when you compost them. The reason why? Simply put, landfills are packed so tightly with all our waste that not enough oxygen can get in & circulate to help the process.
So, any other questions or reasons why you think you shouldn't bother with composting? Quite frankly, they're obsolete because as Americans we're just big consumers who love waste and it's sickening to the rest of the world. Don't be a loser, compost.
Here's what we use inside before we muster up the energy to walk outside.
Cute right? And no, there's no smell. So now that I've obviously convinced you to compost here's the basic 101 to get you started along with links to cool and professional articles about this stuff. You should never just take my word for it, because you know, I'm a hippie.
Oh and one more thing. There's tons of scientific info out there about the specific amount of green and brown stuff plus water....yada, yada, yada. If you're a beginner just get your bin and start throwing stuff in. You don't need to get all scientific about it right up front. Just like I've said before, anyone can garden; anyone can compost too.
- Ready, Set, Compost! -
- Turn Baby Turn -
Keep in mind, if you go all in and buy a compost unit, many are designed to help you turn effortlessly.
- "TOOLS" WE USE -
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*The EPA has some good how-to ideas on how to reduce your waste along with how to start composting.
*Check out Earth911 blog for some write ups on composting. They're obviously earth loving hippies too so be leery.
*4 You With Love blog has a nice round up of compost articles and diy pails and bins. She was awesome and coordinated the blog article with Earth Day. Yeah, that's cool.
*One day I hope every city and town is as cool as Austin. Compost away Texans, you rock!