We created a series of Zero Waste Tips to celebrate the award-winning Zero Waste Week campaign with the goal of raising awareness about the environmental impact of all waste. It is for everyone to take part in, whether you are an individual, a business or an organisation, you can join in and reduce the amount you send to landfill!
Zero Waste Tip #4: Composting is Crucial
Composting is often an underrated part of a zero waste lifestyle. Did you know that in 2019 it was estimated that 1.3 billion tons of food was wasted globally? A large amount of that food waste was applicable for composting but tragically will have ended up in landfills, slowly rotting and producing biogas which goes straight up to the atmosphere and contributes to climate change, as well as the ever growing landfill site. Composting not only helps to reduce waste in your home but it will also produce usable compost if done correctly which can enrich your garden!
There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about what can and cannot be composted in a home compost. So, here is a super easy list for what you can and cannot compost at home:
Can Be Composted ✅
- Leaves & Brush
- Grass Clipping
- Plant Cuttings
- Cut Flowers
- Fruit Scraps - Banana Peels, Apple Cores, Citrus Peels (though not too many)
- Vegetable Scraps - Cooked or raw, scraps and peels.
- Breads & Grains - Stale breads are great sources of nitrogen.
- Coffee Grounds & Coffee Filters
- Tea Bags & Tea Leaves - Make sure the tea bags are plastic free!
- Eggshells - Wash them before putting them in the compost.
- Wood Chips
- Wood Ash
- Old Potting Soil
- Uncoloured Cardboard - Torn up into small pieces they will break down quicker.
- Food-soiled Paper - Such as napkins, tissues and paper towels.
Cannot Be Composted ❌
- Meat Scraps
- Fish Scraps
- Dairy Products
- Fats & Oils
- Dog, Cat & Human Feces - Including kitty litter.
- Weed Seeds
- Charcoal Ash
- Non-organic Materials - Such as metals and plastic.
For more great tips and information on how to start and maintain your own compost check out this video:
Supporting The Ocean Cleanup
In September 2020 we donated 10% of sales to the Ocean Cleanup because we adore everything they stand for and do! Thanks to your amazing support that month we were able to donate $250 to their cause to support their mission to clean our oceans.
The Ocean Cleanup is at the forefront of developing technology to help erase plastic from the ocean, with the most recent accomplishment being the launch of the Interceptor 4 which is extracting waste from one of the dirtiest rivers in the world. We suggest checking out their Youtube Channel to learn more!