Remember when there was a huge movement to be more green about 10 years ago? It was after An Inconvenient Truth came out and The 11th hour came out. After watching both, I was motivated to simplify, be more green, and more thoughtful about my impact on the environment.
Well, one of my “lessons” that I’ve continued on since then, has been to compost. We ended up with a compost bin that has been with us through four houses, and it’s pretty much part of our daily life.
Composting is one of the “easy” ways to be more thoughtful about the environment. We use a compost bin (similar here), which we got as a Christmas present one year! I love it and that’s probably the only way I would continue to compost as it keeps things easy for us.
We put all our fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, coffee/tea grounds, and plant material into it. Sometimes I put paper in it, which is what we used to do at our last house when we didn’t have recycling.
I keep a coffee container to hold all the compost material until we make it to the backyard to drop it into the bin.
The only rule about composting is that you cannot include meats, oils, or dairy into the bin. It doesn’t smell, and when you open it, it’s this deliciously rich, earthy aroma in the soil that comes out. Sometimes we have fruit flies in there, but that’s about it!
Once we started composting (and recycling), our trash input dramatically decreased. We average 1 trash bag a week.
Have you tried composting? I think we are going to attempt a garden next year, so our compost bin might come in handy when it comes to planting time!