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Why You Should be Composting

April 21st, 2016

I’ve been telling myself that “I really need to start composting” for a long time. For years, actually. I’m not sure why it took me so long to get started — for some reason, I felt intimidated by it all, and thought that composting would pose a huge lifestyle change. Turns out, it’s one of the easiest things you can do in your home to live a whole lot greener. And once you get into the habit of being mindful about what you send to the landfill, it’s almost impossible to not make thoughtful decisions about your waste.

Today, we’ve partnered with Seventh Generation to really get to the nitty gritty of composting: How do you do it? Why should you care? What if you don’t have a yard? And by turning to Austin’s own Break it Down, we were able to get all those tough questions answered. Click through for all the details, and to see how composting helped me whip up an entire brunch while creating zero waste.

*photography by Kate LeSueur


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10 Comments under :: Why You Should be Composting
  1. Gabriella says:

    Great post! Meat, however, shouldn’t be put in a compost bin, especially if you compost your own scraps. Meat attracts rats and that’s definitely not something you want. Other than that you can compost pretty much anything on that list!

    • Juliana Engel Storms says:

      Thanks for bringing this important issue to light. On average, 45% of garbage collected is compostable. This matter is heavier more expensive to remove and had to be stored somewhere. Some progressive manicipalities are choosing to harvest this waste for energy to offset costs and use renewables. I agree, your at home compost bin should not get meat, dairy or even citrus, if citrus does not grow local for you. Our village will take meat, dairy cardboard, etc. to be burned for fuel. Bokashi is a natural probiotic enzyme that can be added to the container in your home to increase breakdown speed and reduce any funky smells. Best to your green endevours.

  2. Jessica Rose says:

    My sister does this as she lives in the countryside in the UK. Foxes would go through there bins for food. It’s something I need to look into now I see how easy it is. 😉

  3. I second Gabriella!. Animal products shouldn’t go into your compost bin or it will attract raccoons, rats, etc. I actually use a vermicompost system instead of a regular, microorganism-only bin. It breaks things down faster, produces super high quality compost, and it’s pretty easy. Also: I really like that copper canister!!

  4. Cynthia says:

    My boyfriend is always trying to compost! It’s a great idea, and since we’re avid gardeners it makes sense. But it is a little gross in reality. Also, homemade compost is more susceptible to local weeds since it was made in the same area as the garden. We built a big compost area in a co-op I lived in during college, so I picked up a few tricks 😉
    Likely By Sea

  5. Brit says:

    Love the article! I was wondering where that lovely dress is from? Also, thanks for the link to the bin! I have been looking for a pretty one ?

  6. I’ve been telling myself this for ages! So excited to get started, thanks for the great post!


  7. Great article! We need to start composting soon. Getting ready to start a garden as well!
    =) Bridget

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