Composting (Sustainable Tip #1)



Sustainable Tips are just tips and lifestyle changes on how you can live more eco friendly. Usually, my Instagram will demonstrate the information in a broader and more graphic-based form. So, what is the sustainable tip of the day? Let’s talk about composting.


What is the conflict?

Organic waste such as food scraps is overwhelmingly found in landfills. The EPA expresses that “ In fact, Americans throw away an average of 1.3 pounds of food scraps daily – translating to almost 13 percent of the nation's municipal solid waste (MSW) stream”.Many of which could have been composted and decomposed.

What is the solution?

You can produce enrich and great soil from the broken down compost. This soil is excellent for your beautiful garden and the Earth! The compost soil a decrease In addition, through composting methane emissions, a “bad” greenhouse gas, are reduced. Therefore helping decrease global warming.


What is composting?

Compost is organic materials that can be broken down/ simplified into simpler organic/ inorganic matters. For instance, food scraps. grass clipping, ground coffee, leaves, etc. The procedure where compost would be broken down is called composting.


How can you start composting?

Step 1: Get a Compost Bin

Compost Bins are where your compost is going to break down. They are usually placed in your backyard or garden, but it must be a dry and suitable location for yourself. You can find compost bins practically anywhere. Compost bins are sold on Walmart, Amazon, Target, Home Depot,..etc. Some people actually choose to DIY it. They often choose pails, plastic containers, Sterlite containers. The size and type of bin are your decisions, for the type and size of the bin depends on how much compost you want to breaks down.


A great DIY video using a cheap Sterlite bin is: https://youtu.be/lUS9149TdIc


Step 2: What should be in your Compost

The compost you put in should fit the criteria for two groups, browns and greens. The greens are nitrogen-rich and protein materials. For instance, green leaves, flowers, vegetables, eggshells, etc... The browns should be carbon-rich material. For example, paper towels, cardboard, newspaper, coffee filters, etc…

You need a green mix because it helps heat-up the compost faster, thus allowing microorganisms, the organism breaking down your compost, to multiply faster. The Brown mix is the food source for the microorganism! The mix also helps with air filter within the compost bins. You can not have one without the other.


Step 3: Layering

Get your bin and start off with a layer of rough material like twigs. Then proceed to cover that layer with leaves. And finally alternate layers of green and brown material. Finish off with a layer from the brown mix.

As time goes on, you can continue to add your food waste, but remember to always cover it with a layer from the brown mix!


Step 4: Moving Foward

After accomplishing these steps remember to mix the compost one time a week to maintain a good decomposing process. To know when it is ready to be used, make sure that the soil is dark, crumbly, and looks and smells like topsoil. Once your compost is finished with the decomposing process, you can now use it for your plants and garden. Have fun!


To see this information in a more graphic-based form, check out my Instagram @earths_screams, or on my website. I will be sharing more fun and interactive information on there!



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Sources:

7 Easy Steps to Composting. (n.d.). Retrieved December 14, 2020, from https://www.leduc.ca/composting/7-easy-steps-composting

Reducing the Impact of Wasted Food by Feeding the Soil and Composting. (2020, October 29). Retrieved December 16, 2020, from https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/reducing-impact-wasted-food-feeding-soil-and-composti

Vanderlinden, C. (2020, November 17). Which Items Are "Greens" and Which Are "Browns" for Composting? Retrieved December 15, 2020, from https://www.thespruce.com/composting-greens-and-browns-2539485


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