Earth Day is celebrated worldwide every year on April 22 in honor of the Earth and in support of environmental protection. As a company that recognizes the urgency and importance of protecting the environment, we are always developing ways to be more sustainable and Earth-conscious in our business practices. This Earth Day, we invite you the do the same with these ideas and tips on how to incorporate practices into your life to support environmental protection and sustainability efforts.
One of our favorite fun and family-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day is through composting. Whether you’re new to composting or are composting-savvy, Earth Day is the perfect occasion to bring this eco-friendly practice into your regular household routine. Scientifically speaking, composting biodegradable items in your backyard releases fewer greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than does putting them into a landfill.
Composting also cuts back significantly on your waste production and, if you’re a gardener, is the best way to make homegrown fertilizer for your gardens. To the gardener, a well-composted compost pile is like black gold. You’ll save money on trips to the garden center by making your own plant food right in your backyard. The truth is, you can make every day Earth Day through composting. So, let’s run down how to start, maintain, and use a compost pile.
Composting is combining organic or once-living materials in such a way that they will decay into humus: dark, brown, blackish, crumbly, gardener’s gold. A dedicated gardener can write love poetry about the qualities of well-composted humus. While on the surface, a compost pile might look like a rotting pile of garbage, on the inside some real magic is happening. Living organisms are working hard to break down organic matter into the fertilizer for new life and growth. Slip on a pair of gardening or rain boots and give your compost pile a few good kicks. You’ll see that among the rotting vegetable matter is a lot of dark brown, fluffy soil. That’s the alchemy of the compost pile hard at work!
Organic matter— anything that was once living—is what we want to put into the compost. This includes kitchen scraps such, as fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, tea leaves, and eggshells. Items such as plastic, non-paper wrappers, processed foods, and non-compostable containers are excluded. While animal products are technically organic waste, they can attract uninvited guests to your compost pile, so generally, we chuck them in the bin. You can, however, put fish skin, bones, and leftovers into the compost if you’d like. Other organic matter to add to the compost includes paper, cardboard, weeds, grass clippings, and leaves. You can even put old clothes in the compost if they are made from 100% natural fibers. Fibers such as cotton, linen, silk, wool, and cashmere will break down in the compost, too. If you have an old women's cotton shirt, cut it up into small pieces and throw it in.
You can choose from many different compost systems. depending on your needs, space requirements, or anything else. From the simple pile in the backyard to the high-tech tumbler, there’s definitely a compost system that is going to work for you. Some people are lucky enough to live in an area where the municipality collects compost or where farmers will collect your compost. If this is so, that’s a wonderful treat to take advantage of to honor Earth Day every day. For your own household compost pile, tumblers and bins are available to purchase to create the ideal environment for organic matter to decompose. Compost systems are also easy to build yourself for a fun DIY project. Slip into a pair of durable and comfortable straight leg jeans, and get to work! Use wooden slats nailed together, pallets nailed together, or even a simple wire mesh tube to create compost in your backyard. The key things to consider are airflow and accessibility. You will want to turn your compost every now and then with a pitchfork to keep the air moving and also ensure the structure has openings to allow for air to circulate.
A kitchen compost bucket is a great way to easily collect kitchen scraps while you’re cooking. Keep a bowl or bucket on the counter for easy composting, and then bring it outside to the compost pile every other day. If you are donating your compost to nearby farms, keep it in a bag in the freezer until donation day to keep it from starting to decompose on your kitchen counter. You can buy fancy-looking kitchen compost buckets online. Keep your kitchen compost bucket in a nice storage basket to dress it up a little while it’s sitting on your counter.
After collecting all that rotting organic matter, the fun part is using your freshly decomposed compost. If you have a garden or even potted patio plants, you can begin to use your compost to feed the garden and enhance your soil quality. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still use the compost. Spread it over your lawn or grassy areas to enhance grass growth and lushness. You won’t need chemical fertilizers anymore when you’ve got perfectly good homemade compost. This is also an ideal way to reduce chemical garden waste, which is also a great resolution for this year’s Earth Day. Chemical fertilizers can damage waterways, ecosystems, and the delicate microbiome of the soil. Switching to homemade compost will bring all the benefits and perks of sustainability into your home and get you right on track toward supporting the environment and the entire Earth.
Join us this Earth Day as we make more commitments to our sustainability practices. Get the whole family involved with Earth Day this year to start putting into place eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle practices that will help protect our environment.