From the 7th to the 11th of September it is Zero Waste Week!
As part of Zero Waste Week we are committed to sending you a Zero Waste Tip every single day this week, make sure to look for our emails in your inbox as tomorrow is our final day! Our goal is to share tips that you can do easily at home, with no need to necessarily go out and buy anything, just using what you have to reduce your waste.
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
This month Ocean Helper is donating 10% of profits to the Ocean Cleanup because we adore everything they stand for and do! 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!