Composting is one of the best ways we can incorporate eco-friendly habits and solutions into our daily lives.
What's composting? Why should we compost?
According to GreenMatters.com, compost "is simply decayed organic matter — and "organic matter" is a pretty wide-ranging label. A twig can be organic matter, but so can a banana peel. When you mix a bunch of these items together in a compost pile, they break down naturally into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that helps gardens grow."
Composting also impacts the environment. "When the food in your trash goes to a landfill, it emits methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Composting is a way to minimize those methane emissions, but it does a lot more than that. Because compost is used as a fertilizer, it reduces the need for chemical options, which can be harsh on the earth. According to the EPA, compost is also capable of capturing and eliminating 99.6 percent of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, from the air. These vapors and gases can have a harmful impact on your health, with side effects ranging from nausea to throat irritation."
So if we all start composting just 1/3 of our organic waste, we could all immensely help humanity and the environment. If you start now, the generations after us will learn this as well, and the old days of simply throwing everything away will be a horror story we tell our grandkids at night!
Here's a video on how you can start composting today:
See more videos on Crazy About Compost's blog.