Composting 101

Welcome to my first curated post. During these newsletters, I will be giving out great blogs I have read related to topics under the umbrella of sustainability. I think we are at a point, where we all need to start making changes in how and what we consume in our daily lives.

College students are broke, stressed, but we have the most significant impact on what the future will look like. Every post will have a college student in mind.

That being said, let’s jump right into my first topic I’m going to cover. Composting is a great way to recycle your kitchen and yard waste. If you are a gardener or have plants, the soil that comes from the compost is amazing.

Money Crashers

The first blog I want to talk about is Money Crashers. I loved this article because it was transparent and honest on the pros and cons of composting. Amy, the blog creator, gave great step-by-step instructions on the process of creating a compost pile. However, what stood out to me is how she went into detail on each step, to make sure the reader understands why they have to do a specific action. Amy also included different types (such as Vermicomposting, Enclosed Bins, Cold Composting, etc.) of composting because not everyone is living in a house with a big yard. She suggests different styles that will work for apartments to renting houses.

Some problems arise with composting; she advises how to combat these everyday things and how not to have to deal with them in the future.

Going Zero Waste

Another blog that I found super helpful was Going Zero Waste. Kathryn, blog creator and writer, didn’t have just one blog post about compost, but like ten posts! They were all engineered towards a different audience type. I think my favorite part about this blog, overall, is that Kathryn explains in great detail why she is doing something and what its benefits are towards mother nature and keeping the planet healthy!

She makes it easy to understand what to compost and what not too. More than half of the waste we throw away from the kitchen or yard can be composted. Kathryn made cute little charts that show and layout what can and cannot compost. Fish, meat, bones, grease, etc. can not be composted at a person’s house. However, some items can be put into a municipal compost (if your city has one. Menomonie does not allow food scraps, but does allow yard scraps). Eggshells, vegetable peels, flowers, etc. can all be composted at home!

Mindful Momma

Mindful Momma creator, Micaela, has a wonderfully crafted blog with creating sustainable DIY projects, and a ton of budget-friendly posts. I’m going on a different angle for this blog. Composting allows us to do away with the garbage we create organically; however, that is not accounting for plastics. This is one of the major problems afflicting our earth today. About 40% of plastic is one-use plastic, and about 9 million tons end up in the oceans each year! If we could swap out simple items like plastic wrap for Beeswax wrap (which is compostable!), it would make all the difference. The post I am referring to Micaela’s post on how to go plastic less.

Micaela talks about eliminating small things such as plastic grocery bags. These small changes eliminate the one-use plastic in landfills. Stashing reusable bags in your car is perfect. Also, making sure to look for fruits and veggies in cardboard instead of plastic containers. Another great idea is buying from the bulk bin because you get to bring your own containers (AKA mason jars, or something reusable). Micaela mentions reducing plastic on-the-go items is huge. Bringing a reusable water bottle, glass or stainless steel food containers, and reusable straws are great ideas to reduce plastic on the go! The post is positive and makes you think about how your personal consumption with plastic is. Overall, I highly recommend checking it out!

Eco Warrior Princess

Jennifer Nini, who writes for the blog Eco Warrior Princess, composed an article about composting in an urban environment. This type of composting is calls Bokashi, which means organic fermented matter in Japanese. Jennifers article has a great explanation, however, what I think sets this post apart from the others are the photos she has sprinkled throughout the post, showing examples of what she is doing and when. However, there is one thing that I do question about this blog post and Bokashi composting- Jennifer said you can compost meat. From what we learned from the Going Zero Waste blog post, is that meat is one of the non-compostable items for a normal household compost.

Wasteland Rebel

Shia, the creator of Wasteland Rebel blog, has a post dedicated to composting in an apartment setting. However, this is with worms, and it is called the vermicomposting system. I think the most exciting part of reading about and learning was all the things that I wouldn’t think of that could be composted. She went above the kitchen and yard waste. Real cork and used matches can be composted! I think this also gives you an accurate depiction of what it would be like to have a compost system in an apartment- the good and the bad!

That is all I have for this week

Hey! My name is Grace and I am just a college student, trying to figure out life one blog post at a time :)

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