As bushfires ravage Australia, many of us are giving extra thought to the ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment and tread more lightly on Earth.
Composting is a simple and effective way to keep kitchen waste out of landfill, and to instead convert your food scraps into nutrient rich fertilizer.
Whilst many people may associate composting with larger properties and gardens, it is possible to maintain a successful compost system in a compact urban residence.
The VeganNews.com.au team recently tested the Bokashi One composting system, which is specially designed for kitchen use and is ideal for people living in apartments, townhouses and even shared accommodation.
The average Australian produces a staggering 1.5 tonnes of waste each year, with much of this ending up in landfill.
When organic food waste is sent to landfill, it cannot properly biodegrade. Instead, organic waste products will emit harmful greenhouse gases, such as methane, that can damage the Earth’s atmosphere.
Research suggests that almost half of the food waste that ends up in landfill could instead be composted, saving enough Co2 equivalent to power your kettle for a year – or keep your washing machine running for three months!
How does home composting work?
With the right information and a few essential tools, urban composting can be easy as ‘1, 2, 3!’ It’s a powerful solution to help win the war on waste in your own home.
Simply add your organic kitchen waste to the Bokashi One Bucket, then cover with Bokashi One Mix (using approximately 1 tablespoon of mix per every cup of waste.)
Keep the lid tightly sealed at all times, and use the tap to regularly drain the liquid fertilizer which is created as your food waste begins to naturally break down and decay.
Once the bucket is full, empty and bury the remaining waste in your garden. Nature will take care of the rest of this process, and your soil will be enriched on a microbial level!
Liquid fertilizer produced by the Bokashi One system is also alive with beneficial micro-organisms, and needs to be diluted before being added to your garden.
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What if I don’t have a home garden?
Whilst many Australians living in apartments and other urban residences won’t have access to traditional backyard, there are excellent community gardening initiatives to take part in.
Liaising with a community garden means that you’ll have a place to bury your compost, can participate in new gardening projects, connect with like-minded people and discover other eco-friendly ideas.
“Nature demands a gift for everything that it gives, so what we have to keep doing is returning leaves and compost materials back to the soil, then we’re continuously giving the gifts to Nature, because we have a return cycle.” — Geoff Lawton
To start your own home compost journey, visit Biome Eco Stores. Their team offers a range of useful products to make home composting easy, achievable and fun!