Home composting is one of the best things you and your family can do to help save the planet. The benefits are legion, including lessening the amount of household garbage you throw away and building a free supply of nutrient-rich and natural fertilizer for your garden and lawn. Even if you live in an apartment in the city, you can still reap the benefits of composting. And EcoPalm’s disposable plates and flatware are ideal for home composting.
Best of all, composting at home is easy and fun. Here’s a quick guide on how to set up your own compost heap at home, what you can compost, and how to maintain your compost. The number one thing you will need to get started is simply the desire to help save the earth.
Get a Compost Bin and Start Making Food for the Earth
The first thing you will need is a compost bin and a place to set it up. Ideally, an area in your back yard is best, but you can also compost indoors if you don’t have a yard. Many people set up their compost bins in the basement. Most big box and home supply stores carry a wide range of composting bins, from simple and affordable to more elaborate models. Or if you’re so inclined, you can build your own composting bin from discarded wood and metal. The only restriction here is your budget and available space.
EcoPalm's Environmentally Friendly Plates In Compost Bin - Day 5
Once your bin is set up, you can start mixing your organic household waste in the container. Good compost requires four essential chemical ingredients: carbon (from brown, dry materials), nitrogen (from green, wet materials), oxygen, and water. Added water, including household waste water, is an essential ingredient that encourages the decomposition process. How much water to add to your compost is the most challenging task for novice composters: too much water will result in a smelly mess; too little water and your waste won’t decompose. As you get more experienced, moisture monitoring your compost will become simpler. Generally speaking, greener waste requires a little more moisture than browner waste.
EcoPalm's Plates In Compost Bin - Day 30
Maintenance Is Easy
Maintaining your compost is also simple. Your bin should be adequately ventilated and requires only occasional turning or stirring to encourage aeration. A healthy compost will have a median temperature between 140 and 160 degrees F and should not have a foul odor, although some vapor may rise from the bin—a good sign that your waste is properly decomposing. When adding new material to the bin, avoid mashing it down, as this squeezes out essential oxygen from the mix.
EcoPalm's Plates In Compost Bin - Day 60
Once your bin is set up, you can put all kinds of organic household waste inside and recycle it into fertilizer. Compostable materials include fruit and vegetable waste, paper and cardboard, coffee and tea grounds, and of course EcoPalm compostable plates, which decompose in a compost bin within 3 to 4 months. You should avoid composting pet droppings, meat and fat waste, colored paper, and nonorganic waste such as glass and plastic.
Above all, composting at home is fun and easy, and of course EcoPalm’s environmentally friendly plates and flatware are ideal food for the earth.